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That is the view of former Chelsea star-turned-pundit Andy Townsend.

Loftus-Cheek was given a rare start by Maurizio Sarri as the Blues ran out 3-2 winners in a thrilling Carabao Cup fourth round contest with Derby.

Last week, Loftus-Cheek grabbed a stunning hat-trick for the Blues as they beat BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

However, it hasn’t been enough to convince Sarri that he warrants a regular starting line-up, with Ross Barkley and Jorginho ahead of him in the pecking order.

Despite his recent good form, Townsend doesn’t quite understand why Loftus-Cheek is finding such tough trying to break into the first team.

“Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] is on trial every time he puts the shirt on,” Townsend said.

“It’s a tough outfit to get into this blue starting eleven, but I thought he played quite nicely tonight.

“Of the players that started, Ruben Loftus-Cheek did will.

“It’s not a position that absolutely suits him, he is ideally a midfield player but I thought he did well.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea have drawn Bournemouth in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Reacting to the draw, Blues assistant boss Gianfranco Zola said: “There are no easy games.

“They did really well [against Chelsea in the Premier League] and were unlucky on a few occasions. They should have scored.”

When asked for his thoughts on the victory over Derby, Zola added: “It was a tough game tonight. They were excellent. They created us more problems.

“Our defence wasn’t as good as other times. But most of the problems were created by them.

“We were in control until about 10-15 minutes to go. In those moments we thought about scoring too much.

“When you open up against a team with that quality, it is 50-50. We were lucky on occasions.

“We are in a moment when we are trying to establish our philosophy and the game we play.

“There is a trophy. We want to try to win it so we will take it seriously.”

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