New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that he thinks Blues defensive midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has all the attributes to be a great striker in the future.
According to the club’s official website, as quoted by the Daily Mail, the Italian coach has admitted that he could potentially move the young English international further up the pitch, due to his ability to score goals and create them: “Every manager has their own idea about a system of play.”
“In this system, with two midfielders, Ruben can play close to the other forward but become a forward when we have the ball.”
“He has the right characteristics to play in this position.”
“Ruben is young with great potential. I like him a lot in the position of striker. He can improve a lot because he has great potential, good technique, good personality and he is good one v one.”
The 20-year-old impressed his new manager immensely in their 3-0 victory over Austrian side RZ Pellets, scoring a fine headed goal an creating chances for his teammates, including Chelsea new boy Michy Batshuayi, with Conte expecting the Belgium international to improve a lot and be ready to make an impact for the start of the season: “He can improve a lot, he can become a strong forward, he is very young but with great talent and I am happy with him.”
“He has trained three days and today I wanted to see if after these three days he understood some tactical aspects.”