Friday, September 21, 2018

Loftus-Cheek may leave Chelsea for first-team action

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has expressed his desire for more first-team football and announced the possibility of departing Stamford Bridge if he isn’t given the opportunity.

The 22-year-old broke into the Chelsea team in 2014/15 but made only four appearances in his debut season. In total he played 32 times for the London Blues before going out on loan to Crystal Palace last summer. For the Eagles he played 25 games in 2017/18 and scored twice. He has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad and made a substitute appearance in the Three Lions’ first game against Tunisia.

Having broken into the national team, Loftus-Cheek is keen on keeping the status of an England international and he’s fully aware he needs to be playing regularly to achieve that goal. Once touted as the first player likely to break through the Academy ranks at Chelsea since former captain and club legend John Terry, the midfielder says he believes he has the ability needed, but he hasn’t been presented with an opportunity.

He understands big clubs can’t take risks with young players as the pressure to keep winning is huge, but he also believes he can do the job wherever he ends up playing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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