ALLARDYCE: LOFTUS-CHEEK’S DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN BLOCKED BY STAYING AT CHELSEA FOR SO LONG

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Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek joined Crystal Palace two weeks ago on a season-long loan deal and former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce believes the 21-year-old’s development has been curtailed by years on Chelsea’s sideline.

“It’s nice to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek going to Crystal Palace,” Allardyce told the Press Association.

“I think if he’d done it five years ago he may well have been another Dele Alli or Harry Kane but unfortunately his development has been blocked by staying at Chelsea so long.

“There aren’t enough (players) getting into first-team football as quickly as possible. You should be playing first-team football at some level at 17, not 20 or 21. Dele Alli is the perfect example of that, coming through the ranks at MK Dons.

“We need more players playing football at league level and ultimately going back to their club and trying to prove themselves.”

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