Date: 28th August 2018 at 6:30pm
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The Chronicle journalist Mark Douglas thinks the Chelsea game showed that Jonjo Shelvey is a more integral part of the club’s first team than Jamaal Lascelles.

Neither were fit to face the Blues on Sunday, but the lack of creativity in the middle of the park was evident, despite the side holding up pretty well defensively.

Fans on Twitter were pretty much in agreement with Douglas:

A few thought the five-man backline helped us cover for Lascelles’ absence:

The tactics employed against Chelsea make this a bit hard to judge. If we played with a low block and played as deep as we did at the weekend every week then having someone who can pick out a pass like Shelvey in midfield is crucial.

However, when we play with a higher line, with four at the back, the leadership and organisational qualities that Lascelles brings to the table are more important. It’s an interesting argument but I think most supporters would just like to see both players back in the starting lineup as soon as possible.

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