Chelsea has elected to send midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek out on loan, leading to significant interest from multiple English clubs, according to a report from the Telegraph.
Loftus-Cheek, 21-years-old, has been touted as one of the Blues’ Youth Academy’s strongest prospects. Additionally, the Englishman become a prominent figure in the England U21 team, with only injury preventing him from competing at the European Championships.
But despite Loftus-Cheek’s undeniable talent, the player has still found himself on the fringes of the first team, unable to push himself above the likes of N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, and Nemanja Matic. The academy product made a paltry 11 appearances in all competitions last term.
It is said that newly promoted Premier League sides Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion are interested in signing Loftus-Cheek. Interestingly, Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has likely been aware of Loftus-Cheek’s talents for some time – Benitez, the interim Chelsea manager in the 2012/13 season, was managing the first team while Loftus-Cheek was a part of the Chelsea U18 team.
Chelsea’s reported decision will certainly benefit Loftus-Cheek in the long run. The young midfielder, having struggled to gain regular match-time at the highest level, will be afforded such time at a lower level Premier League club.
Moreover, Loftus-Cheek could prove to be a valuable member of any team that is the recipient of his services. For one, the Chelsea man, while young, has a powerful and strong frame in the mould of a certain Yaya Toure.
Loftus-Cheek is also a technically gifted player – able to drive from deep and spark attacking moves.