Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has reiterated his desire to bring Ruben Loftus-Cheek back to Selhurst Park on loan in January, should the opportunity present itself.
The Eagles gaffer has been very clear over his hopes of a reunion with the Chelsea midfielder from the moment his season-long stint on our books ended back in June but following some comments from the man himself in the wake of his appearance for England against Switzerland on Tuesday, the topic is back in the national press.
Whilst Loftus-Cheek himself is clearly desperate to force his way into Maurizio Sarri’s first-team plans over the next few weeks, he seems realistic about the prospect of leaving in January, should he still be stuck warming the bench. Admittedly, the start of the Blues’ Europa League campaign next week should present the 22-year-old with a solid chance of being involved in the starting XI, given the fact that he has, so far this season, only made cameo appearances from the sidelines.
Whilst Hodgson has already spoken about the depth of quality he now has at his disposal in the centre of midfield, Ruben’s ability to function in wide positions would make him an obvious target for us in the winter window. With Jordan Ayew taking up one or our two available loan slots and Bakary Sako’s rumoured return failing to materialise, any chance we have to bring Loftus-Cheek back into the fold would undoubtedly be grasped immediately.
The player himself is obviously desperate to play regular football and although his long-term dream has been to do so at Stamford Bridge, another three months of inaction could lead to him attempting to force Sarri’s hand in the matter. Of course, Chelsea are unlikely to let him dictate terms to them but without a guarantee of first-team football, Ruben would have every right to express his frustration.
There’s legs in this one yet.