Swansea vs Chelsea – Three Key questions ahead of the game at Liberty Park


Swansea welcome Chelsea this weekend in a virtually dead rubber of a contest as both teams have very little to play for this season. Having avoided relegation, both teams have started to plan ahead for next season with Chelsea already announcing Antonio Conte’s appointment as their next head coach.

As for Swansea, they are working hard to sort out ins and outs at the club and decide if Francesco Guidolin is right man for the job or they need to bring someone like Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes or Ryan Giggs.

Ahead of the kick-off, we take a look at three key questions which ought to be answered this weekend as Chelsea take on Swansea at Liberty Park.

Kids or stars for Guus Hiddink?

Guus Hiddink gave his squad players Kenedy, Miagza, Loftus-Cheek and Baba Rahman all a chance against Aston Villa last weekend, however, against Swansea it is rumoured that he is going to fall back on his senior pros.

While that may sound as the right thing to do but should he not continue to play kids and make Antonio Conte’s job easy to find which players are good enough and which players aren’t?

Are we in for a hopeless stalemate?

These two clubs have very little ambition going in to the game thus to expect quality football from them would be a fool’s wish. Chelsea will have some touch players who can lift the game, but will it be enough to create a spectacle? I do not think so.

Is Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s time now?

This 20-year old kid is the brightest young talent to have come from Chelsea’s academy since John Terry broke out on the scene all those years ago. He was sensational against Aston Villa, and regardless of who Hiddink picks among the senior players, Loftus-Cheek deserves to be in the starting XI.

Cesc Fabregas can be deployed from the number 10 role and it will allow John Obi-Mikel to play with Loftus-Cheek in Chelsea’s central midfield. Hiddink must give this kid enough chance to be ready for next season.

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