FORMER CHELSEA STRIKER TELLS LOFTUS-CHEEK TO EMULATE BARKLEY

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek had an impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace which saw him called up to England’s World Cup squad during the summer.

However, the 22-year-old has failed to break into manager Maurizio Sarri’s first-team since his return to Chelsea, and he had previously hinted that he could leave the club if he isn’t going to get game time.

But Loftus-Cheek has played in Chelsea’s last three games and scored a hat-trick in the win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League last Thursday, before scoring again at Burnley on Sunday.

Lotfus-Cheek seems to be edging closer to the first team, and Ross Barkley had faced a similar fate after joining Chelsea from Everton. Barkley struggled to make impact initially, but he’s looking brilliant in recent games and might even overtake Mateo Kovacic in Sarri’s first eleven.

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Loftus-Cheek needs to fight for his place, just as Barkley has done.

Hasselbaink told Sky Sports: “He’s different, he’s totally different to what they have got. He has got so much power.

“But Barkley has had his struggles as well and he needs to learn from Barkley’s struggles.

“Barkley has never given up and he has gone through difficult times.

“At Everton, coming here that he didn’t straight away get into the team.

“He had to fight really hard to be able to get this chance that he’s got now.

“And he’s taken it, that’s what Loftus-Cheek have got to do as well.”

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