Chelsea Man Is Ready & Willing To Leave Stamford Bridge This Summer

1 Posted by - June 21, 2018 - News

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s impressive 10-minute cameo against Tunisia on Monday set pulses racing across the country, prompting the man himself to admit that he isn’t prepared to sit on Chelsea’s bench next season.

As I write this, the Blues are still to announce the arrival of new boss Maurizio Sarri; a fact which leaves Ruben’s domestic career up in the air, regardless of how well he does with the Three Lions on his chest over in Russia. There’s been an obvious shift in public opinion of him following his game-changing appearance in England’s opening group game but regardless of that, he’ll be looking for assurances from the Chelsea hierarchy as soon as England’s World Cup campaign comes to a close.

After years of hoping for regular first-team football at Stamford Bridge, Loftus-Cheek accepted a loan move across London and didn’t look back. Playing regularly for Roy Hodgson has given Ruben a sense of belief that was no doubt difficult to come by as part of Abramovic’s empire and now, emboldened by the faith the Eagles have shown in him, the England man is looking for guarantees over game time before readily knuckling down in west London.

Whilst higher chances of silverware often act as a defining factor in players’ decision-making, Ruben has experienced life at Chelsea long enough to know that nothing can beat the buzz of playing first-team football week in, week out. Yes, Palace are lower in the food chain than the Blues but after winning a call-up to Southgate’s England squad solely on his displays in our midfield, it’s clear that he can achieve things in SE25 that won’t be possible as a bit-part player at Stamford Bridge.

Given his age and stage of professional development, the next year or so will prove to be absolutely vital for his chances of longevity at the top of the game, particularly when you consider the issues he’s experienced with his back. He may look big and strong but at 22, sitting on the bench from week to week will have a detrimental impact on his body’s chances of adapting to the weekly graft of Premier League football, leaving him with no option but to demand first-team starts in the new Chelsea regime.

If those can’t be guaranteed, he has a club in Crystal Palace who are absolutely desperate to offer that platform; a fact which puts Ruben in a very strong bargaining position ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. A year ago, he was an unproven academy graduate, now he’s a man holding all the cards on the verge of starting for England in a World Cup match.

Sometimes a leap of faith is needed to unlock a player’s full potential. Let’s just hope it’s not the last we’ve seen of him in red and blue.

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4 Comments

  • Spiceboy June 21, 2018 - 6:28 am Reply

    As much as I’d love him back can’t see us affording him. Also no idea why we r buying another Liverpool reject they just hold us to ransom then laugh at us. Finally our first signing will be Antonio watch this space.

  • Chris June 21, 2018 - 8:20 am Reply

    I like it. But it sounds wishful.

  • Concerned Eagle June 21, 2018 - 8:37 am Reply

    Best we can hope for his signing him with a release clause if a big club come in after 12 months

  • Rhys Jones June 21, 2018 - 9:16 am Reply

    Sadly I cant see him signing for us. If he is to leave CFC, pretty much every other team in the land (& a few abroad no doubt) will be trying to sign him and we cant do a bidding war. Maybe Chelsea wont want to sell to a direct rival, so that may be our best bet and like concerned eagle says, with a release clause. That and working with Roy again may be enough to tempt him but thats a lot of maybes!

    For now, I’ll just enjoy cheering him on for England & wish him the best in whatever he decides.

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