Ruben Loftus-Cheek came on as a substitute in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield in our opening game of the season. However, the 22-year-old didn’t even make the bench for the following game against the Gunners.
Loftus-Cheek’s future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain with the signing of Mateo Kovacic, and the Real Madrid midfielder took Loftus-Cheek’s place on the bench.
Ross Barkley and Kovacic are both ahead of Loftus-Cheek and former Premier League striker Stan Collymore believes that the best course of action for Loftus-Cheek is to leave the club now.
“My advice to Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea is go, now!” Collymore wrote in the Daily Mirror.
“He was impressive for Crystal Palace and England last season and went to the World Cup.
“But now he can’t even get on Chelsea’s bench.”
Collymore fears Loftus-Cheek will fail to fulfil his potential if he is stuck on the sidelines.
The ex-Liverpool hotshot said: “Chelsea have great training facilities, but he needs to go to an upwardly-mobile team and say, ‘I am going to be the man to take you on to the next level’.
“By doing that, he will grow, learn and develop into the sort of player Chelsea would buy for £50m, £60m, £70m in a few years’ time.
“That’s how ridiculous the situation is at clubs who only want off-the-peg players.
“He did everything last season to say, ‘Maurizio Sarri, give me a chance,’ but no. At the moment he is at the bottom of the pile.
“So get yourself out of Chelsea, Ruben. Go somewhere you can grow and learn.
“That will not happen listening to match reports while you are washing your car on a Saturday outside your palatial Cobham home.”