IAN WRIGHT THINKS LOFTUS-CHEEK IS TOO GOOD TO BE ON THE BENCH

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed on loan at Crystal Palace last season, and as a result the 22-year-old was selected for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad despite missing a chunk of the season through injury.

The England international is yet to make a Premier League start this season for the Blues and has only made six Premier League starts for Chelsea. This has prompted Ian Wright to urge the Chelsea academy product to seek his future outside Stamford Bridge as he faces a battle with Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and Cesc Fabregas for the final place in the middle of the park, with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante’s position already established.

“It’s 2014 when he made his debut,” said Wright on ITV. “He’s made six Premier League starts for Chelsea.

“He’s got what it takes. He’s got the athletic ability. He’s an intelligent player. He’s got everything but the fact is he doesn’t play enough football.

“You look at him when he gets on the ball. You feel like he’s going to be in charge. He’s strong, he’ll run at people, he’s got the skill, he’s got the pace – he’s got everything!

“At Chelsea he’s got Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic now. Barkley in front him. Then in front of them, Hazard, Pedro and Willian.

“As admirable as it is, you’re trying to stay at Chelsea to get yourself going. You’ve seen that the England manager will pick you even when you’re not playing.

“He’s got to leave. He’s got to leave and play football regularly. He’s 22. This is it now.

“He’s an England international who is not playing regularly enough in his club team.

“Now, he should be in his club team, kicking on, being a regular in this team because he’s playing so much for his club and putting in good performances that he forces himself into that team.

“If a manager will pick him, he’s not even playing regularly, what would he do if he was at a club playing regularly and we could see him do his really good stuff?”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.