Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes giving Tiemoue Bakayoko greater attacking freedom as part of a three-man midfield could be key to getting the best out of him.
The Frenchman signed in the summer while still injured and missed much of pre-season.
There were some impressive early performances, notably in victories over Tottenham and Leicester City.
But his form and confidence then dipped and he has only made three appearances since being sent off against Watford in early February.
Conte was impressed by the 23-year-old’s display in the 2-1 win over Burnley.
“He is a young player and in this season he has struggled a lot,” Conte said.
“He played very well [against Burnley] with great focus, great concentration and with good quality.
“Maybe when we play with three midfielders it is better for him because he has the possibility to attack the box and fill the box.”
Conte also praised Pedro, who dropped into a deeper role in a system that saw both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud start up front.
“Don’t forget Pedro’s performance, Conte added. “It was the first time to play as a midfielder.
“He played very well and he showed he can play in this role with great quality and great stamina.”
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata speaks out following horror miss in win at Burnley
CHELSEA striker Alvaro Morata has spoken out following his horrendous miss in last night’s win at Burnley.
The Spaniard’s miserable form continued at Turf Moor as he squandered a crucial chance to put Antonio Conte’s side 2-0 up.
Morata has scored just once in 2018 and has failed to maintain his momentum after scoring seven times in his first seven games.
The 25-year-old has found game time hard to come by following the January arrival of Olivier Giroud, with Conte often preferring to play Eden Hazard up top.
Morata and Giroud started together yesterday but Chelsea’s goals came courtesy of Victor Moses.
The Nigerian’s first-half cross was bundled in by Burnley defender Kevin Long before Moses added a second just five minutes after Ashley Barnes equalised.
Morata was taken off by Conte in the second half and he let his frustration show as he kicked bottles and gestured to the Burnley fans.
And he took to Twitter after the game to apologise for his performance and subsequent reaction.
“Three important points for us,” he said.
“The best way to get ready for Sunday’s game was winning today.
“I want to apologize for my reaction when I was sent to the bench, when I fail I get really angry with myself.”
Chelsea return to action on Sunday as they meet Southampton at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final.