Chelsea continued their revival under Antonio Conte on Saturday with a commanding 3-0 win over champions Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
After defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool, the Blues have reverted to a thee-man central defence and have looked much-improved as a consequence.
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This 3-4-3 formation of sorts places importance on the work rate and discipline of the side’s wing-backs as the only players operating on the flanks.
Summer signing Marcos Alonso was impressive against Leicester on the left, while Victor Moses has been in good form over the last fortnight and scored his side’s third on Saturday.
However, with strength in depth in these specialised wide roles not present in the Blues squad, there should be question marks over why Conte has let Juan Cuadrado leave the club to join Juventus on loan.
The Colombia international was signed by the Premier League club in January 2015 but has not been afforded a consistent chance in the starting XI to show just what he is capable of.
Interestingly, it was in the same Fiorentina team that Alonso played in that Cuadrado initially starred as a right wing-back, before being moved into a more advanced position.
It is great that Moses is finally getting his chance to play in the Chelsea first team, but the South American wideman would provide another astute and tested option in the right wing-back role.
As such and with Conte surely looking to add strength to his squad in upcoming transfer windows, there is an argument to suggest that Cuadrado’s tenure at Stamford Bridge should not be ended and the Colombian be given another chance in the Premier League.