West Ham United have shown signs of improvement with a comprehensive 3-0 win at Newcastle United last week and, after a disappointing start to the season, Manuel Pellegrini might finally have started to find his right combinations.
But the Hammers, who are currently in 13th position in the Premier League, could continue their climb up the table with the January addition of a specialised central midfielder in Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
A loan move for the Chelsea player could be just what Pellegrini need to add the final piece to his midfield puzzle. Mark Noble has been out of form for a while now, while Loftus-Cheek’s versatility means he can basically play in any midfield role.
Maurizio Sarri recently even used him on the right-wing in the League Cup against Derby County, but the 22-year-old has struggled for game-time under the Italian in the Premier League.
Despite scoring against Fulham on Sunday, Loftus-Cheek has only started one league game so far this campaign and in total, he only has 119 minutes under his belt.
According to the Mirror a few clubs are interested in offering a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge with West Ham, Crystal Palace and German outfit Schalke all keeping tabs on his situation.
Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at the Eagles which earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad but since returning to Chelsea he has struggled to crack the nod with the new boss.
Fitting him into the West Ham midfield should however provide a perfect balance for Pellegrini with Declan Rice already playing as a defensive midfielder.
Loftus-Cheek would also provide some stiff competition for Jack Wilshere but his attributes should put right next to Rice in the centre of the pitch with the leverage of being attacking.
Signing him in January will certainly improve the East London club’s chances of cracking into the top half of the league and make a strong finish to their season.
Given the inconsistency of Noble and Wilshere’s injury troubles, Loftus-Cheek will an excellent fit for Pellegrini to make sure his first season in charge of the club doesn’t end in disappointment