In the latest instalment of Profit Players, we take a look at Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and how the England international can take on a bigger role at the club with the possible departure of Eden Hazard on the horizon and a transfer ban looming over the west London side.
What a blow Chelsea were dealt ahead of their Europa League final clash against Arsenal following Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s injury.
It has taken some time, but the 23-year-old has really come into his own at Stamford Bridge, locking down that left central midfield spot before damaging his Achilles in a friendly versus the New England Revolution.
There, Loftus-Cheek had been an absolute monster of a midfielder, driving through the middle of the park with the ball like it was nothing.
For all the physicality he brings to the pitch, though, the England international is also a very technical footballer.
You only have to look at how well he took his goal in the 3-0 win over Brighton last month. It was a strike that even left a certain Eden Hazard looking like a proud father after looking back.
It is no surprise that his Transfermarkt value has since gone up to £22.5m. Should any club ever want to purchase the former Crystal Palace loanee, though, it is certainly going to cost more than that.
Loftus-Cheek, alongside Callum Hudson-Odoi, is Chelsea’s future, especially with Hazard seemingly heading for the exit door (Evening Standard).
With the Belgian gone, Loftus-Cheek will be expected to take on a bigger role in the squad once he returns from injury. Having finished the season with 10 goals from midfield, expectations will be high.
If Chelsea ever decide to cash in, however, they could make some serious profit after spending nothing on their academy graduate.
That is something no Chelsea supporter will want to see, though, and something they will not because in Loftus-Cheek, the west London club possess one of the most gifted midfielders in the country.