We saw a different Loftus-Cheek against Peterborough; he had a good game and was a joy to watch.
The 20-year-old has been touted for great things, but his performances for the senior team has been below par and average at best, prompting Antonio Conte to consider pushing him out on loan this January transfer window. However, after that performance against Peterborough, the Chelsea manager has decided to keep the academy product. But could we really say that will be in the best interest of Loftus-Cheek?
I strongly believe it’ll be better for Loftus-Cheek to go out on loan than remain with the squad. First, a loan deal will help his development than remaining at Chelsea. He’d get more game time and be more involved in games if he goes out on loan. What Loftus-Cheek needs to reach his full potential is regular game time, and that’s what Antonio Conte and Chelsea can’t offer him at the moment.
Furthermore, Loftus-Cheek needs to go and recover himself in another club, and it’s looking unlikely that he’d achieve that at Stamford Bridge.
In a few days time, Loftus-Cheek will be 21, and at that stage of your career, you should be close to a point where you know where you stand, and Loftus-Cheek is still far off. He has never had a run of games and anything close to a season of regular football. A loan deal will afford him this opportunity, and it’ll do a lot to help him to discover himself.