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Is The Former England Manager Right In Urging This 22 Y/O Chelsea Midfielder To Leave In January?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Chelsea have made a terrific start to their Premier League campaign under their new manager Maurizio Sarri. However, not all of their players would be happy about how things are going in West London. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has hardly featured for the Pensioners this season and has made just 3 appearances for Chelsea so far in all competitions. 

The lack of first-team opportunities has harmed his chances at the international stage as he is not part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad during this ongoing international break. The former England manager Sam Allardyce had recently shared his opinion with TalkSPORT on the Chelsea midfielder’s situation at Stamford Bridge and said, ‘I’m disappointed for Loftus-Cheek,’

‘Chelsea have told him he’s going to be a part of the team this season and, if that is the case, they haven’t lived up to that yet.

‘What he did for Crystal Palace last season and for England at the World Cup, I thought this would be a big season for him at Chelsea, but it’s simply not happening. If I were Loftus-Cheek I would be battering the door down in January and saying, ‘that’s it, I need to get away’.

‘And not on loan, get away from Chelsea properly and build his own career. He’s had the taste of playing first team football at Palace and obviously he loves Chelsea, but it’s not happening for him there. He’s got to play. He’s too talented not to play, we’ve all seen that.’

Why Big Sam’s Words Make A Lot Of Sense?

Allardyce makes some valid points regarding Loftus-Cheek’s recent frustrations at Chelsea. The youngster needs to move on to greener pastures if he wants to prove himself at the highest level. His loan spell at Crystal Palace was a successful one last season which helped him develop as a player and be a part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Is Loftus-Cheek Ready To Take The Next Step In His Career?

The 22-year-old prospect had featured in 25 matches for the Eagles last season, finding the back of the net twice while grabbing five assists in all competitions. He has also earned nine international caps for his country so far and helped the Three Lions claim a strong fourth-place finish in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The English midfielder has all the attributes to become a world-class player in his position if given a chance to showcase his talents on a regular basis.

Final Verdict

Allardyce is entirely right about Loftus-Cheek, and the Chelsea starlet should listen to the former Everton manager’s advice and move on from Chelsea in search of a fresh start somewhere else in January.

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