The 24 year old England international has shown great promise since obtaining regular first team football since last season, where he acclimated 6 goals and 2 assists in 24 league appearances for the Blues.
The midfielder had a key part to play in Chelsea’s UEFA Europa League victory last season where he played 11 games, notching up 4 goals in the competition. Loftus-Cheek has shown great attributes in terms of his style of play, with his excellent acceleration and strength big parts of his game. His ability to drive into space has really been a key skill of his as he creates attacking opportunities for Chelsea and with the England national team.
At the end of last season Chelsea took part in charity match in Boston, Massachusetts where we faced New England FC. Sadly, devastation occurred as Loftus-Cheek ruptured his Achilles’ tendon which put him out for the UEFA Europa League final, with an expected return date sometime in November.
What can Ruben bring to the team?
We are all aware of our current situation, and with the club banned from making signings for two transfer windows, it has brought a wave of fresh air and different approaches to our team. For instance now we are integrating more of our academy players/youth such as Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Billy Gilmour and striker Tammy Abraham. In my opinion there is still a big place for Ruben Loftus Cheek in the team as many Chelsea fans would agree. However there is question over whether he can stay healthy for the longevity of a season. We have to look into this injury he occurred as many athletes have never been able to be the player they once were.
Where will he be integrated?
Looking at the current dynamics of squad, Frank Lampard has been very keen on playing the 4-2-3-1 formation and on occasions he has opted to play the 4-3-3. Going with the 4-3-3 as the prominent formation for Chelsea, as was used last season, Loftus-Cheek is set to have a battle with fellow England midfielders Ross Barkley and Mason Mount to occupy the left hand side of the midfield three.
In my opinion I would opt to start Loftus Cheek over Barkley as I feel he brings more direct movement into our attack and is more a fluid carrier of the ball in terms the transition from the midfield to the attack. I also believe his strength can also be a massive asset to our midfield, as currently, I believe the midfield three are very lightweight.
With his injury issues, it will be a case of easing him into action, until he returns to full fitness, but then I believe he should be starting most games for us, as we look to kick on from a poor set of results.
It’s looking very positive in terms of what we can expect from the players returning from injury and how they can effectively contribute to our team’s hope for success this season. Loftus-Cheek will be a significant asset to our team as he’s a talented midfielder with enormous amount of potential.