Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says that he will “not hesitate” to play youngsters in the club’s pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The Premier League champions are currently 13 points behind fourth places Tottenham, and interim boss Hiddink says he has every intention of fielding the club’s young talents.
The comments will come as a boost for 19-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who scored his first goal for the club in last Sunday’s FA Cup defeat of Scunthorpe at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game against West Brom, Hiddink said: “So long as we have the possibility to go to fourth place we will go for that.
“It’s not that we are without chances to go there (fourth) and then we bring in youngsters, no.
“I will not hesitate whenever possible to bring in youngsters as well. The youngsters must try to learn also to work under this pressure.”
Hiddink was asked whether he had ever been bored watching one of his teams, a reference to fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal’s admission that he has found his Manchester United side dull at times this term.
United are currently fifth, three points behind Spurs and 10 ahead of Chelsea. The Blues’s quest to catch up to their rivals start with back-to-back home games against West Brom and Everton.
“You cannot expect that every game is an exciting game, but all the coaches I think like to see their game played in an exciting way,” Hiddink said.
Chelsea will need a miraculous turn-around if they are to claim fourth this season, and Hiddink has hinted that they may have to go the rest of the season unbeaten to have a chance of doing so.
The Dutchman only lost one league game of his interim spell in 2009, and he said: “That’s huge. (If we lose only one game) then we are close – and that is not boring.”