Fikayo Tomori hopes to have given Frank Lampard 'something to think about' after he netted the winner in the 2-1 victory at the KCOM Stadium and put in a decent showing at the back.
Lampard has gone with a centre-back pairing of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in the Premier League.
The England international is hoping he can change that in the coming weeks.
"I think at a club like Chelsea, there’s competition for places everywhere," Tomori said. "You have to be on top of your game and then the manager has to make decisions.
"He chose to leave me out for some games. I have to respect his decision and try and work hard on the training pitch so when my chance comes, I can hopefully take it.
"Hopefully I’ve given him something to think about and next week I can be in the team."