Since arriving on loan from Chelsea over the summer, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been something of a revelation in the centre of Crystal Palace’s midfield and now, despite the team’s woeful start to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, the midfielder has hinted that he may be forced to move away from Stamford Bridge for games next season too.
Speaking here about his reasons for moving on loan to the Eagles, Ruben admits that Blues boss Antonio Conte has given him no assurances of securing a place in Chelsea’s first-team next term, insisting that the young midfielder proves himself to be up to the challenge in SE25 before making a lasting mark with the defending champions.
To those on the outside looking in, Palace’s dreadful start to the league season could easily lead to the assumption that Loftus-Cheek hasn’t been performing that well but ask any regular watcher of the boys in red and blue and they’ll tell you just how big an impact the England U21 man has made during his short stay with us.
Remarkably agile and fleet of foot for a man of his size, Ruben appears perfectly suited to the role of a box-to-box midfielder, displaying a wonderful eye for a pass or a shot, whilst also showing an impressive knack of tracking back to help his defence whenever the occasion calls for it.
Right now, the chances of Palace avoiding the drop in May look incredibly slim but if we can somehow turn our fortunes around, I can’t imagine you’ll find many Palace fans who wouldn’t be elated at the thought of Ruben coming onto the club’s books in a permanent capacity. Still incredibly young, it doesn’t feel as though he’s even close to reaching the ceiling of his potential yet.
Let’s just hope his efforts in the middle of the park rub off on the rest of his teammates before it’s too late.
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