Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea Future Has Been Decided Whether He Likes It Or Not

0 Posted by - August 27, 2018 - News

From the moment Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s loan spell with Crystal Palace ended back in May, the club have made little secret of the fact that they would love to have him back on their books for the 2018/19 campaign; sadly Maurizio Sarri seems intent on keeping hold of the England man. 

Having left Stamford Bridge in search of game-time last summer, south London born Loftus-Cheek found a happy home at Selhurst Park, settling in well under the guidance of Roy Hodgson and starting regularly within the Eagles’ midfield. So impressive were his performances in red and blue that England boss Gareth Southgate decided to name him as part of the Three Lions’ World Cup squad out in Russia, where he didn’t disappoint.

The mixture of regular minutes and international recognition saw Ruben state publicly that this season was one in which he “needed to play regularly” for the sake of his own development as a professional; a stance which now feels at odds with Sarri’s immediate plans for the Blues first-team. 

You won’t need me to remind you that Chelsea have a wealth of top talent on their books throughout the squad, not least in central midfield. Whilst Loftus-Cheek is capable of playing centrally or out on the left, the sight of characters like Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Fabregas, Barkley and Pedro ahead of him is likely to provoke feelings of frustration at what is a crucial stage in the academy graduate’s career. 

Sarri himself seems happy to hide behind the lower number of substitutes allowed in the Premier League compared to Serie A as an excuse for Loftus-Cheek’s recent exclusion but in reality, the midfielder will be wasted if he is merely kept around in case of an injury crisis in the Italian’s first season in charge. 

There were suggestions from Sarri that regular minutes will be given to the England man when the fixture list intensified in a month or so but even those promises come loaded with the hint that he sees Ruben as nothing more than an afterthought to his first-choice core of midfield options.

Palace themselves have strengthened their midfield ranks after giving up hope of landing Loftus-Cheek. Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Jordan Ayew have been added to the squad, allowing for a far greater sense of strength in depth. Where that leaves the Chelsea man is up for debate, with the onus now on him to force Sarri’s hand one way or another in the months to follow. 

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3 Comments

  • tzcar August 27, 2018 - 7:45 am Reply

    u seem content to talk about anything but yesterday,s performance.for me another in different performance.can on like this and were be cback down amongst the deadmen.apart from the occasional fashes from wilf,plainly dreadfull.and quite frankly not to keen on roy,s safety first tatic of picking the same team.bar inforcements.for me schlup is little more than a bit part player,and benteke,can he really play any worse?roy u brought in talented offensive players,lets use them.to think a midfield of mitriovich,schlup and mcarthur was going to dominate a opposition,not on this planet.this cannot carry on.youv,e got meyer and ayew bloody use them.

  • JRB August 27, 2018 - 8:58 am Reply

    True. RLC’s power gives us a forward direction with close control that we just don’t have right now. Why aren’t people talking about buying him now? By January we should have clocked up lots of prem dosh to break into, and he would make the difference.

  • Help August 27, 2018 - 5:23 pm Reply

    Tzcar I agree and I’m glad u have taken the effort to post
    1 Roy found a winning formula end of season playing Townsend with Zaha Loftus-Cheek McArthur Cabaye and Luka
    2 we haven’t replaced Cabaye or Luka and have replaced towns with Benteke bad move
    3 Zaha not playing deep enough it worked with him and Andros because they were not marked as sat deep no point Zaha and Benteke sitting last man
    4 Benteke is now destroyed surely after being successful at villa and palace when we had wilf wide right and towns left crossing compared to now and Liverpool without wingers isn’t it obvious he needs crosses and not a Townsend run down right stop step in and lobbed ball into box that’s not a cross
    5 do we have to playb442 all the time ie Liverpool rob and lb a tracking and 3 in midfield left us 5 v 4 why didn’t we do a Brighton and play a counterb433 at least then everyone is marked man 4 man !!
    SOLUTIONS
    1 if Roy insists on only a 442 loan out Benteke to a side that plays 433 at least he will regain confidence and prove he can play a part in a 433 for palace or at least we can sell him
    2 play wilf with Townsend up top Townsend doesn’t protect Ward and that ridiculous rubbish cut in doesn’t do anything his assists and goal scoring ratio from right mid is terrible give him and wilf freedom put must play deeper
    3 Schllupp no a sub at best
    4 max left Kouyate and Luke centre McC on the right
    5 effectively max replaces loftus Kouyate Cabaye and McCarthy and Lula familiar positions
    6 Ayew available to throw on so use him !
    WHAT WE CANT SEE
    1 Benteke and not playing to him s strengths
    2 Townsend on the righ
    3 wilf to far up the pitch
    4 Schlupp
    5 non use of proven new signing
    6 Roy playing the same formatiom
    7 after a loss terrible players not being dropped
    8 delays with substitutions
    9 Roy freezing and just hoping the game goes their way
    10 a lack of fitness evident on Sunday from the whole team but especially Benteke and Sakho needs to shift a stone or he will get injured again
    11 passing is the worst of seen it in a while ? I don’t get it Roy improved our pass%
    12 Roy making excuses
    13 if Kouyate and max don’t work out get prepared to pay proper money PARISH instead of trying to do things on the cheap you can’t expect to lose loftus and Cabaye our best two players after Zaha and expect it all to still work !!!!!!

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