Chelsea and England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek has reportedly been frustrated after being left out by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s first three games in charge. Sarri has given the impression that Loftus-Cheek will be barely used this season, therefore here’s why the English international should request a loan move to another club, where he can get regular gametime. But at which club? Is the question.
As you all know Loftus Cheek excelled at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, being a key man for Gareth Southgate’s side, playing in three games at the finals. However, he was left out of the squad completely in Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal, last weekend.
In the post-match press conference after the game when asked about his decision to leave out Loftus-Cheek, Sarri explained that he thought fellow English midfielder Ross Barkley was more suited to the side. This puts the midfielder’s playing time at Chelsea in jeopardy, therefore a loan move must be on the cards as the Lewisham born man is only 22 and needs regular starts if he’s going to continuously make England squads.
With the permanent move transfer market closed, Loftus-Cheek’s only option is to use the loan market (which is open until the end of the month), to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge for the season.
Where could he go?
Well a host of Premier League clubs could do with the player’s versatility and ability. I believe the most suited clubs in England, who should go for him are either West Ham, Crystal Palace or Newcastle. Although, there has been interest abroad from clubs such as AS Monaco, could a move to France help him progress as a player?
It is evident in the Hammers first three games that they lack a dominant midfield presence in their side, clearly a player of Loftus-Cheek’s power and stature would fulfill that need. They cannot afford to rely on an ageing Mark Noble anymore as he looks past his best, therefore he cannot be their first choice holding midfielder. Pedro Obiang is just too injury prone and clearly manager Manuel Pellegrini doesn’t think promising talent Declan Rice, is ready to be first choice just yet. Therefore, the Chelsea man would walk into their first eleven.
West Ham have a new title winning manager and with all the new signings and 60,000 seater stadium, they’re a club on the up. (But are of course very capable of doing a West Ham and everything going downhill). You could argue in terms of attraction, West Ham may take his fancy the most.
The only thing that makes the deal less likely to happen is that Chelsea and West Ham are fierce London rivals, therefore I’m sure Chelsea would be reluctant to help out a rival, when they’ll be plenty of interest elsewhere.
Likelihood of deal happening: 50%.
Loftus-Cheek spent the whole of last season on loan with the Eagles, where he impressed Gareth Southgate enough, to get a place in his World Cup squad. The 22 year old played 21 times for Palace and was a key figure in their survival last season.
Roy Hodgson’s first 11 is okay on paper, however their actual squad is thin. Therefore, they could do with reinforcements, especially in midfield, if they are going to stay in the division. Loftus-Cheek obviously knows Hodgson and the team well, therefore he would fit perfectly into the team.
Would he want to return to Palace? Or would a new challenge, be better to develop him as a player?
Likelihood of deal happening: 50%
The Magpies are set to face a season fighting relegation as Rafa Benitez couldn’t land the star players he wanted to sign in the transfer window, which means their squad is thin and also lacks Premier League quality players.
Loftus-Cheek would be the perfect loan signing for Newcastle, as I believe him alongside Jonjo Shelvey in the midfield would be a mouthwatering prospect for the Toon Army. Owner Mike Ashley, is under serious resentment from fans after his reluctance to spend in the transfer market, therefore bringing in a player of Loftus-Cheek’s calibre is just what he needs, to try and get the supporters back on side.
The distance however, could be an issue as it all depends on whether Loftus-Cheek would want to leave London for a year (where he’s stayed his whole career), to go to the other side of the country.
Likelihood of deal happening: 60%
It was reported yesterday that Monaco were trying to reach a deal with Chelsea, to bring the English midfielder to the Stade Louis II stadium for a year. This could be a great challenge for the young midfielder, experiencing a new culture and learning a new style of football, where he’ll likely thrive.
They are not the same Monaco, that won Ligue 1 in the 2016-17 season. That being said though, Monaco are still a good side with experienced players, Loftus-Cheek can learn from. The standard of Ligue 1, in comparison to the Premier League is low, but starting in the Champions League, will be enough to make him consider Monaco as a serious option.
Likelihood of deal happening: 70%
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