REPORT: Palace’s Chances Of Landing Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek Are Getting Stronger

1 Posted by - September 26, 2018 - News

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is looking increasingly likely to leave Chelsea on loan in January after his chances of breaking into Maurizio Sarri’s first-team were dented by a niggling injury he picked up whilst on England duty. 

Having returned from the international break at less than 100%, Ruben was named on the bench for last week’s Europa League trip to PAOK but failed to get any minutes, before a further injury setback saw him omitted from the Blues’ 18-man squad altogether for their 0-0 draw away to West Ham last Sunday. 

The 23-year-old had hoped to get a starting role against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this evening but is nowhere near fit enough to take part, leaving him in limbo as to his immediate Chelsea future. The report above mentions that the Lambeth-born midfielder had taken part in discussions over a move away from the club after being left out of the squad to face Arsenal back in August, only for Sarri to tell him that more time was needed on the training pitch was needed before a full assessment over his first-team chances could be made. 

To Loftus-Cheek’s credit, he agreed to the Italian’s request but as time continues to drift by, he’ll undoubtedly be looking at the lack of progress he’s made and wondering what his next step should be. Ruben’s desire to succeed at Stamford Bridge is admirable but at 23 and without a single start to his name under Sarri to date, concerns will rightly be raised over his development, having been a regular member of the Palace first-team last term. 

Roy Hodgson has made no secret of his desire to bring the England midfielder back into the fold in SE25 should the opportunity present itself. As each day passes, the likelihood of a such a move seems to grow stronger and stronger.  

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  • tzcar September 26, 2018 - 7:46 am Reply

    we must watch this space,but their,s alot of time between now and january.but i personally hope come january chelsea will be willing to sell to us.i know it,s a hope but he played so well for us,and fits our team setup.

  • Mike Ward September 26, 2018 - 8:16 am Reply

    I would love Ruben back. He added an extra dimension to our midfield.
    My only concern is that our midfield is probably the strongest part of our squad right now.
    It’s a fantastic problem to have but currently we’ve got several capped midfielders in our squad including a German international who can’t even get a start.
    If Ruben comes back who does he replace?

  • Ben September 26, 2018 - 11:42 am Reply

    Totally agree Mike, and does that mean that Meyer is going to fall even further back in the pecking order when we all want to see him start a game!

    • Rhys Jones September 26, 2018 - 3:25 pm Reply

      I would guess that one option is to play Wilf up front & RLC on the left like they did at times last season. This would still leave Max fighting for a place in the middle but not necessarily harm his chances any more than they are at the moment. Of course, the other consideration is Max didn’t cost anything in way of transfer fee, so can be sold at a profit if needed.

      Personally, whilst I’d love to see RLC come back, I cant see it. We had no money in the summer for transfers and cant see us being able to match what they’d want and a loan isnt really worth it when, as mentioned, our midfield is one area we have depth.

  • Eric The Ninja September 27, 2018 - 6:34 am Reply

    23 and less than 60 appearances, he’s wasting his career at Chelsea, like so many.

  • Malcolm McKay September 30, 2018 - 6:06 am Reply

    I can’t see this happening we have little money as has been said and we have Max Meyer who can’t get a start at the moment. While Palace may not have paid a transfer fee Max would have received a very large signing on fee £15m or so over three years. Sham but it very unlikely.

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