ROBERTO Di Matteo has hinted that he may be ready to drop Fernando Torres for Daniel Sturridge as Chelsea face a raft of games in the next month.
Torres had a frightful time at Loftus Road on Saturday, making little impact on the game at all.
His substitution, with 10 minutes to go, saw him storm down the tunnel, and Sturidge made his presence felt more strongly in the remaining time – despite failing to find the net.
Di Matteo said: “I felt that the substitutions that we made (at QPR) had a good impact on the game. They were very lively when they came on and looked dangerous, (Victor) Moses and Sturridge. So we have options.”
Asked why Sturridge had failed to start a game this season, the Blues boss said: “We've only played four in the league now. We're going to have seven games, including this, in 21 days, so there is time for everyone to play.”
Chelsea's run between now and the international break at the start of October involves games against Juventus (in the Champions League), Stoke, Wolves (in the League Cup), at Arsenal, in Copenhagen against Nordsjaelland (in the Champions League) and against Norwich.
Di Matteo said Sturridge could find himself playing a lot more football over that period.
“Of course, the help for him is that maybe he can play more minutes, and show his qualities," he added. “As long as he keeps training well, he has the opportunities to show his qualities, that's the way forward and he will get chances to play.”
Asked if he might be picked ahead of Torres in the centre forward position he said: “I think so, yes. At the moment I've played him wide. (At QPR) I put him on I the middle, he will get more chances.
“I'm considering using my squad in general, so at some point there will be other players coming in the team.”