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Update On The Future Of This Chelsea Midfielder: Should Pochettino Let Him Go?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Football.London offered an update on the future of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek. It has been claimed that the English midfield ace is expected to part ways with the Blues this summer.

Loftus-Cheek’s Up And Down Season In English Football

Loftus-Cheek has struggled to be a consistent performer for the West London club during this campaign but has caught the eye at times with his contributions at the centre of the park. The 27-year-old has made 33 appearances for Chelsea this season, picking up a couple of assists in the process on all fronts.

The English playmaker has done well to average 1.0 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 0.6 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He has even been careful when distributing the ball from midfield, based on his pass completion rate of 88.6% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Loftus-Cheek is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2024. Hence, the Blues would have no choice but to sell him for a cut-price fee rather than risk losing him as a free agent next year.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 21: Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on May 21, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Should Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino Let Loftus-Cheek Go?

Loftus-Cheek is a good tackler of the ball and can make some timely interceptions for his side when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. The Chelsea star is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also function as a defensive midfielder or as a right-sided wide player if asked to do so. He has got the engine to make some driving runs with the ball from midfield but is in dire need to add more goals and assists to his game.

The English talent deserves credit for establishing himself as a first-team starter at Stamford Bridge this season. However, Chelsea’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino might choose to move him on with just over 12 months remaining in the player’s contract.

The West London side can definitely benefit from cashing in on Loftus-Cheek and using the money generated from his potential sale to bring in a suitable replacement when the transfer window reopens later this year.

At 27, Loftus-Cheek is about to enter his prime but has been far from convincing with his performances for the Blues this season. Maybe, Pochettino would be wise to let the player leave in search of some success in the not-too-distant future.

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