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Everton: Noel Whelan backs Ruben Loftus-Cheek move

Everton: Noel Whelan backs Ruben Loftus-Cheek move -Everton News

Former BBC pundit Noel Whelan has backed Everton in their reported pursuit of Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the January transfer window.

The Lowdown: Everton interested in Loftus-Cheek

As per journalist Simon Phillips, the Goodison Park outfit are monitoring the midfielder ahead of a potential bid in January.

His current deal at Chelsea expires in 2024, meaning that he will only have one year left on his contract come the summer.

The Latest: Whelan backs Loftus-Cheek move

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan has claimed that Loftus-Cheek is a ‘level above’ Frank Lampard’s current options in the middle of the park, adding that the 26-year-old would give Everton ‘stability and consistency’.

The former Leeds striker said: “I think this would be a case of just reinforcing that Everton squad. He’s not a game-changer. He’s not a number nine, or a number ten – positions they need to improve.

“He’s a quality player at a good age, but he would just be a figure who can drive forward with the ball and use that physical frame. But he certainly wouldn’t change the fortunes of that forward line.

“He’ll give them stability and consistency in midfield, which they need. He’s a level above what they have at the moment, so from that point of view, what a fine signing he will be for any club who get him.”

The Verdict: Risky

Loftus-Cheek is a player that Lampard knows very well and trusts, having played under the 44-year-old when he was Chelsea manager.

However, his time at Stamford Bridge under the current Everton boss was disrupted by injury, and the midfielder has endured a history of fitness problems throughout his career.

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Unfortunately, these problems mean that Loftus-Cheek has not really been able to fulfil his potential, having showed so much promise in his earlier years, even playing for England at the 2018 World Cup as a 22-year-old.

Now 26, the midfielder still has time to get his career back on track, and a reunion with Lampard could be a good fit, but the Toffees must be wary of the injury problems which have hampered his career so far.

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