Palace fans haven’t had a great deal to shout about so far this season but the performances of Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been a real bright spot for the Eagles.
I’ll admit to being a little underwhelmed when news of Palace’s move for Loftus-Cheek first broke earlier this summer but in the games the 21-year-old has played in red and blue so far, I’ve been immensely impressed with every aspect of his game.
Having seen the likes of Patrick Bamford and Loic Remy arrive on loan from Chelsea only to make next to no impact in the Palace first-team, I suppose you could argue that I was a little scarred by previous experiences but in Loftus-Cheek, we appear to have a player who has all the tools to make it to the very top of the game in years to come.
Tall, powerful, willing to work hard and possessing a fantastic eye for a pass, Ruben has brought a huge amount to the Palace midfield in the short time he’s been with the club. After playing as part of the front three and then subsequently in a deeper role in the latter stages of our defeat to Huddersfield, his display against Liverpool at Anfield last week was remarkable for someone of his age.
There is of course a sense of frustration that both he and Manchester United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah stand next to no chance of signing permanently for us next summer regardless of the division we’re in but as of right now, you’d be a fool to not want them available for selection from week to week.
I’m sure Chelsea fans will be as happy as those of a Palace persuasion to see Gullit speaking so enthusiastically about Loftus-Cheek’s capablities so early in the season. He’s got a huge amount of potential, it’s now up to us to make sure that he maximizes it during his time in SE25.