With the international break now upon us and speculation over who will be featuring for the Three Lions under Gareth Southgate to face both the USA and Croatia, it seems like a good time to compare two England stars in Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jesse Lingard. Chelsea’s midfield maestro vs Manchester United’s goal-getting attacking midfielder.
It’s no secret that England don’t have any rivalry that can match the ones of previous teams. In the past, the battles were Steven Gerrard vs Frank Lampard and John Terry vs Rio Ferdinand, and whilst there’s nothing quite as intense as that, comparing the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Lingard is an interesting match-up as either player could go on to cement themselves in history as an England legend.
Starting with Chelsea’s impressive midfielder, Loftus-Cheek simply has to start both games for his country this week. The 22-year-old has shown that he can cut it in any system as he shone for Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace last year and is now performing consistently for Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, recently netting his first senior hat-trick in a Europa League clash against BATE Borisov.
Alongside Ross Barkley, N’golo Kante and Jorginho in Chelsea’s midfield, the youngster has to fight for his place in the starting eleven at club level, but that’s nothing new for RLC, who has been fighting for a place at Chelsea his entire career. Although it now looks like he could go on to become a serious player for both club and country and as he matures with both age and experience he could well be the man to fire England and Chelsea to glory.
TT GRADE: A
Whilst Loftus-Cheek thrives in a deeper role in midfield. Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard occupies a position much hight up the pitch. The 25-year-old took longer to develop than most young players, but he’s now coming good and showing what he’s all about, with two seasons of scoring big goals for Manchester United justifying his selection in Southgate’s England squad, he then backed that up further with a rocket of a goal against Panama in the World Cup.
If you’re looking for goals from midfield, Lingard is your man and he will likely be deployed just behind the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling further up the pitch. His end product could fire England to UEFA Nations League success against Croatia, although having just returned from injury it’s unclear whether or not Southgate will be willing to take the risk on Manchester United’s elusive #14.
TT GRADE: B
Lingard may bring a lot more goal but Loftus-Cheek brings calmness personified and is capable of standing out in multiple roles in midfield. When either Chelsea or England call upon midfielder he’s always there to provide a finish, a pass, a tackle or whatever is required of him, and the ability to selflessly do whatever is asked of him is what makes Ruben Loftus-Cheek the clear winner here.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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