It’s not easy being an English footballer in the Premier League. Competition for places is making life difficult to become established, even if you happen to be an England international. That’s the situation facing Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea. Could January see him move away from the club?
Loftus-Cheek is 22 years-old now but he’s still unable to get himself a regular place in the Chelsea line-up. That’s probably not too surprising when the London side has such a strong midfield with players such as Eden Hazard, Willian, Pedro, N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley to name just a few.
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Last season saw Loftus-Cheek escape Stamford Bridge for a while as he was sent out on loan to Crystal Palace. His performances helped Palace avoid relegation and he earned many a positive comment from those who saw him play.
Most importantly for Loftus-Cheek was the fact he played 24 games in the Premier League. That’s more than he’d played for Chelsea in the previous three seasons. Even better for him, he became a member of the England team and has played 10 internationals to date. He showed his worth in the World Cup this year and there were hopes that the 2018/19 season would see him getting more time on the pitch.
We’re in December and he’s only played in ten matches this season and that’s despite the fact he’s scored six goals. That includes a hat-trick in the Europa League and three in five Premier League appearances with two after he came on as a substitute.
It’s a big problem for him and with the January transfer window looming, a move away from Chelsea looks a big possibility. It’s 13/2 at Paddy Power that he re-joins former Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez at Newcastle United and 9/1 he returns to Crystal Palace. Play football on a regular basis or sit on a bench, January is going to be a big month for Loftus-Cheek.
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