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Conte mulls switch for Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Getty Images)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is toying with the idea of asking Ruben Loftus-Cheek to make the positional switch to a striker as the midfielder has all the attributes to succeed up front.

The 20-year-old player, who scored two goals in 17 appearances last campaign, impressed in Chelsea's pre-season win over Austrian side Wolfsberger as he created several chances for teammates and capped off the fine display with a headed goal.

"Every manager has their own idea about a system of play. In this system, with two midfielders, Ruben can play close to the other forward but become a forward when we have the ball," Conte told the club's website.

"He has the right characteristics to play in this position."

"Ruben is young with great potential. I like him a lot in the position of striker. He can improve a lot because he has great potential, good technique, good personality and he is good one v one."

Conte expected improvement also from 22-year-old Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi who joined from Olympique Marseille on a five-year contract.

"He has trained three days and today I wanted to see if after these three days he understood some tactical aspects.

"He can improve a lot, he can become a strong forward, he is very young but with great talent and I am happy with him."

Conte will begin his tenure in England with a London derby against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15.

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