According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Bournemouth are one side interested in a move for Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 22-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League giants Chelsea having come up through the youth ranks at the West London club, although a lack of regular football under new manager Maurizio Sarri has called his future at Stamford Bridge into question.
And Eddie Howe’s Cherries, alongside the likes of Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, and West Ham, are reportedly keen on the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), who should take a leaf out of Jack Wilshere’s book by making the move to the Vitality Stadium come the New Year.
Ultimately, like Loftus-Cheek, 26-year-old Wilshere was seriously struggling for first team football prior to making the loan move to Bournemouth back in 2016, with injuries playing a key part in restricting the England international’s game time at Arsenal.
And with the midfielder needing to prove his fitness after so many injury problems, Wilshere linked up with Howe at Bournemouth for the entirety of the 2016/17 season – a spell which has certainly helped him make strides towards rediscovering his best form.
The now-West Ham man made 27 appearances in all competitions for the Cherries and in that time laid on two assists, and while that tally is hardly ground-breaking, he certainly had a big impact on things on the South Coast in their eventual rise to tenth place in the Premier League.
And while he was let go by Arsenal at the expiration of his contract in the summer, he appeared 38 times in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side last term to underline just how much he needed regular football at Bournemouth – that tally of 38 appearances was his most in a single season since the 2010/11 campaign.
Thus, a spell at Bournemouth certainly helped Wilshere to get his career going again, at the same equipping Howe with a hugely talented individual – the same could well happen were Loftus-Cheek to move to the South Coast.
The 22-year-old shone for Crystal Palace last season to thus earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup, but he has since returned to Chelsea and struggled for game time in appearing just four times in the Premier League under new boss Sarri.
And with the plethora of midfield options available to the ex-Napoli chief, it looks like Loftus-Cheek will struggle for game time for much of the campaign – and a player of his quality, at the tender age of 22, simply must be playing regularly.
And having seen what the loan spell at Palace did for him last term, alongside what a move to Bournemouth did for Wilshere back in 2016, the England international must take a leaf out of his compatriot’s book by making the move to the Vitality Stadium in January.
Bournemouth fans… what do you think? Let us know!