Ruben Loftus-Cheek has issued a warning to Chelsea – play me or face the possibility of losing me.
Loftus-Cheek’s stock in the football world is on the rise following a superb season out on-loan with Crystal Palace.
The Chelsea academy product subsequently earned a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad. He’s now set to start against Panama in the World Cup this Sunday.
The 22-year-old has limitless potential, but it’s time we stopped focusing on what he could be and appreciate what he already is – an exciting and accomplished midfielder.
Loftus-Cheek is ready to compete for a starting role at Chelsea. We know it, and more significantly, he knows it.
He is no longer prepared to sit among the substitutes. He’s hungry for minutes. Loftus-Cheek is quoted by the Guardian warning Chelsea of his desire to play:
“That’s the key for me next season regarding where I end up: I want to play. I want to play as much as I can.”
“And even this past season I didn’t play as much as I would have liked, because of the injuries and stuff, so I still feel I need a proper season of playing, wherever it is.”
We ought to heed this warning and ensure that we cater for Loftus-Cheek next season. He’s worth the investment.