Shortly after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s breakout performance for England against Germany last Friday, we said on these very pages that the British press were all set to lose their minds over him and the BBC’s Chris Sutton has proven us right.
Fabregas or Loftus-Cheek?
Who would you rather have in your team? 🤔
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) November 13, 2017
Having seen him given a solitary start for the Three Lions in a friendly against Germany, the former Blackburn striker has now proudly declared that the 21-year-old Loftus-Cheek is a better footballer than his hugely decorated Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas.
Whilst I, having watched each and every one of Ruben’s performances for Palace this season, certainly won’t be casting doubts over his potential, Sutton’s snap decision to compare him favourably to Fabregas smacks of knee-jerk headline-grabbing punditry rather than anything approaching a measured thought.
Forgetting the fact that Fabregas has won a World Cup, two European Championships, three league titles and countless individual awards including the Golden Boy and two entries into the UEFA Team of the Year, Sutton’s decision to proudly proclaim that Loftus-Cheek is superior to him comes after a single good performance in a friendly.
The youngster’s career-to-date, as many have already discussed, has seen him given extremely limited opportunities to impress at Chelsea, blinding thousands to the potential he has; a fact which would surely prevent Sutton from reaching such a bold opinion with any degree of certainty.
There is no doubt that Ruben will be looked upon as a key player in Palace’s battle to avoid relegation between now and May, with a prolonged run of solid performances almost certain to provide a springboard for greater things in the future but as things stand, comments like those Sutton has made at the top of the page achieve nothing other than heaping unnecessary pressure on the shoulders of a man who has just been thrust into the limelight overnight.