Chelsea fans have long been calling on Maurizio Sarri to give Ruben Loftus-Cheek more time in the first-team, although the manager previously admitted that the midfielder should be working harder in order for that to happen.
But on Thursday evening Loftus-Cheek finally gave the boss something to think about, scoring a hat-trick in Chelsea’s Europa League win over BATE at Stamford Bridge. The 21-year-old found the back of the net as early as the second minute and had completed his hat-trick by the 51st minute as the Blues continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 win.
Loftus-Cheek has been linked with a move away from the West-London club in order to get some more minutes under the belt, having made only two substitute appearances in the league apart from his two starts in the Europa League, but the club’s fans feel that he could now be ready for more regular game-time under Sarri.
Here are some of their Twitter reactions:
You killed it out there brother, best individual performance of the season.
— Brano (@CFCBrano) October 25, 2018
A night to remember for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the first player to score a hat-trick in a European competition for Chelsea since Didier Drogba in 2006
— #Menpe_Video (@oscarlen_one) October 25, 2018
Can you play as a striker Ruben
Astonishing performance man
— Aladdin (@Aladdin_Cfc) October 25, 2018
Chelsea’s coach is really misusing Loftus cheek. Morata is the poorest stricker. Ruben should play with Hazard, Moses and Williams
— Jules vanier (@Julesvanier) October 25, 2018
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I couldn’t be happier for Ruben Loftus-Cheek! He’s fully taken advantage of tonight’s opportunity & hopefully will start again against Derby next week. A hat-trick at Stamford Bridge!! A good night for Chelsea & Lofty! On to Burnley….. #OneOfOurOwn #EuropaLeague pic.twitter.com/KRJ2WoUrNX
— Chris Wright