It’s fair to say that not many players have generated as much excitement as Ruben Loftus-Cheek over the last few months. Both for fans of Chelsea and the England national team, the young midfielder has had many on the edge of their seats as of late. He was a regular for Crystal Palace last season, after several years in the wilderness at Chelsea, and he played a decent role for his country at the World Cup over in Russia.
Of course, at just 22-years-old, the Englishman is only getting better, and having impressed so much of late, and with a new era dawning at Stamford Bridge, it looked to be the best possible time for him to make an impact at the highest level.
However, according to the Sun, the Englishman is already unhappy at Stamford Bridge and wants showdown talks with the club – after getting only a few minutes in the last two games. He may look to seek a loan move away, with anger growing, in particular, following his emission from the first team squad against Arsenal on Saturday.
Naturally, the planned talks that he has with Chelsea could have huge ramifications for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but they could also have an impact on the club more broadly.
But what, exactly, are the potential consequences of the talks? Well, if they go well, a lot could happen…
Ruben Loftus-Cheek Flourishes
The obvious result of positive talks between Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Chelsea will, naturally, be of benefit to the former. He has yet to start a Premier League game for the Blues this season, and he only got a handful of minutes against Huddersfield on the opening day of the season. You’d expect him, then, to get a little bit more involvement – though it remains to be seen how far that will extend.
A few starts could be on the horizon, certainly, and perhaps a bit more action from the bench will be able to satisfy the Englishman. In truth, all he wants is regular minutes, and as long as Sarri offers him that, then the talks will go down as a win for him.
If he can build off of a few opportunities over the coming weeks, there is no telling where he could be come, say, December or January.
Cesc Fabregas Leaves
If Ruben Loftus-Cheek does stay and gets regular game time, Cesc Fabregas is a likely casualty. It remains to be seen how Maurizio Sarri will utilise Fabregas this season, but the obvious spot for him is in the same spot as Loftus-Cheek – in the advanced playmaker-type role ahead of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. Given that he’s the oldest of Chelsea’s current crop of midfield players, and as his form hasn’t been particularly great over the years, it seems unlikely that Ross Barkley, for example, would be sacrificed instead.
Significantly, his contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season, and so Chelsea would easily be able to move him on come the end of the current campaign. Granted, if he’s willing to accept a reduced role, he could still do a job in this team, but unfortunately, if Loftus-Cheek is to get his chance, that is going to have to come at the cost of someone else.
It’s unfortunate, but Fabregas seems likely the likeliest to be sacrificed. He’s been a great servant for the club, but Chelsea need to be looking forward – and Loftus-Cheek is the future.
More Prospects Get A Chance
There is no underestimating just how important the rise of Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be for the academy. So far, nobody has been able to grab the brass ring at Chelsea, and that’s led to a bit of stagnation with regards to the progression of any youth team graduates. Many have tried and failed, and whilst often it’s been out of their control, it’s up to someone to break the mould. Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be that someone.
If he comes into this team and makes an impact, the Englishman could set in motion a seismic shift with regards to the way in which Chelsea managers approach the youth team. He could start against Newcastle at the weekend, for example, and if he bags a goal and an assist, that won’t go unnoticed by Maurizio Sarri. Indeed, he might think, ‘If Loftus-Cheek can do that, what could everyone else bring to this team?’. That faith could be massive.
There is no shortage of young players that, like Loftus-Cheek, could make an impact. Callum Hudson-Odoi is an obvious example, and there’s no doubting that the young Englishman could find a role in the squad this season. Beyond that, maybe Ethan Ampadu – who was so impressive during pre-season – could get a look-in through the defence.