Premier league news Frank Lampard has a difficult decision over Ruben Loftus-Cheek's Chelsea future Last spor news
MetiNews.Com - The midfielder started the Blues' 3-1 win at Brighton but struggled as he continued his comeback from the Achilles injury which kept him out for 13 months
Breaking News ! Chelsea got off to a winning start against Brighton and Hove Albion to begin their 2020/21 Premier League campaign with three points, but several of the Blues players were rather unconvincing during the 3-1 victory. Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek came in for criticism from Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher following the performance in which the England international looked lethargic and lacking match sharpness. As has often been the case, the 24-year-old failed to last the full ninety minutes, substituted shortly after half-time. Loftus-Cheek has been beleaguered by injury throughout his time as a professional footballer. A loan spell with Crystal Palace in 2017/18 was supposed to kickstart his career at the top level, but an ankle injury kept him out for three months in which he missed 14 games in all competitions. He did, however, recover and help the team avoid relegation. After being called up for the 2018 World Cup by England manager Gareth Southgate and featuring regularly at the tournament, Loftus-Cheek had a promising 2018/19 campaign. He scored six times in 24 Premier League outings for Chelsea before cruelly rupturing his Achilles tendon in a USA-based charity game ahead of the Europa League final at the end of the season. That injury kept him out until February of this year, mere weeks before the coronavirus lockdown halted all professional sport and his comeback, although he did feature in Project Restart fixtures when the Premier League returned. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Having started the first game of this season in Chelsea’s new-look star-studded team, though, it appeared as though Loftus-Cheek had finally caught a break. But his performance was underwhelming. With Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and now Hakim Ziyech competing with him for a place in Frank Lampard’s midfield, Loftus-Cheek can't afford to disappoint on the occasions he is called upon. Neville felt it may be time for Chelsea to sell Loftus-Cheek, but due to his injury history and still yet to live up to his billing at 24 years-old, clubs could be reticent to spend big money on the midfielder. His 2018/19 campaign showed what he is capable of when he can remain fit, but over the past couple of seasons, Loftus-Cheek has missed far too many games through injury. Read More Related Articles Kai Havertz and Timo Werner backed over Liverpool stars and Man United target Jadon Sancho Read More Related Articles Marina Granovskaia decides Chelsea's next transfer as Christian Pulisic setback is confirmed As Lampard himself has stated, he is looking to build a new team, one which can challenge for titles. And having started post-lockdown, it is clear the former England international values Loftus-Cheek in his squad.
. It may be a tough decision, both professionally and emotionally for the Cobham academy graduate, but at this point in Loftus-Cheek’s career, a move away from his roots may be the best thing for him to revitalise himself. Without a transfer, or even a season-long loan, Loftus-Cheek runs the risk of becoming tarnished as an ailing and stalling footballer, one who failed to live up to his potential and could not manage to stay fit.
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Playing for Chelsea as nothing more than a rotational option when first-choice players are unavailable is unlikely to do him any favours, unable to build momentum with a regular slot in the side. The club, and Loftus-Cheek himself, have a decision to make with just under a month of the window remaining. It will likely hinge on how the player sees his role panning out over the course of 2020/21, either as a regular midfield option, or as a back-up featuring in Carabao Cup, FA Cup and European fixtures every couple of weeks.
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