RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK NEEDS TO DO THIS IF HE WANTS TO BECOME A CHELSEA REGULAR

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has impressed while on loan at Crystal Palace and also impressed on his England debut against Germany on Friday night.

England manager Gareth Southgate believes Loftus-Cheek will need to add a little more quality in the final third if he is to become a regular at Chelsea.

“I’ve had plenty of long conversations with him over the years about the areas he is really strong in and the areas he needs to develop,” said Southgate.

“He can probably add a little bit more quality in the final third. He can probably go and score more goals given some of the attributes he has, but I was really pleased to see the effect he had and to get a performance like that.

“When you see his physical size, you think you’ll see a certain type of player. Then I saw what you all saw against Germany — one that is so technically gifted.

“He’s at his best receiving the ball behind the opposition midfield, driving towards goal and sliding passes into people. He can take the ball under pressure too which is a great skill to have.”

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