Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had a good time during his loan move to Crystal Palace, and he had an immediate impact at the club having won their Player of the Month for August 2017.
The 22-year-old has played under two different managers at Crystal Palace (Frank De Boer and Roy Hodgson), and has played various roles under both managers which has helped in his development, and the Chelsea loanee is happy with the progress he has made at Selhurst Park.
“I was really excited going into the season because it was a new club, and I’d never been anywhere else before,” Loftus-Cheek tells the official Chelsea website.
“I met Frank de Boer in the summer, we had a chat and that’s what made me want to go to Palace.
“I was really happy to be playing regularly and having the chance to get better and improve. That experience of playing every week, which I haven’t done previously, is massive and it’s just a shame I’ve had a few injuries.’
Following a tough start to the season for Palace, who lost their opening five Premier League games, Frank De Boer was replaced by Roy Hodgson in September and Loftus-Cheek explains what impact the managerial switch has had on his own role in the team.
“Obviously we didn’t get off to the best start as a team but on a personal level I felt I did quite well,’ he says.
“I think Frank was really good, he brought a lot to the team but we just couldn’t produce the performances in the first few games of the season. When Roy came in, like when any new manager starts, it was a clean slate for all the players. You have to train well, work hard and hopefully your quality comes through.
“Under Roy I started playing in a different position but it’s all about learning. In the first game of the season, with Frank in charge, we played 3-4-3, the same formation as Chelsea, and I was on the right of the front three.
“We then played Liverpool away and went to five at the back with three in midfield and two up front, and I played in an attacking midfield role off the right-hand side. We carried on playing that way for a while until Frank left.
“The first few games under Roy I was in the number 10 role, and then after Palace played 4-4-2 against Chelsea we stuck with that. I’ve played on the right and left of midfield. It’s good because different managers have different mentalities and ways of playing, so I’m always learning.
“I’d say the training is different under Roy. It’s very tactical and he gets his vision across to the players so well, he’s done a really job since he came in. We’re not in the best position but hopefully we can turn it around before the end of the season.”