Ruben Loftus-Cheek had admitted that he’s keen on playing regular football at this stage of his career, and that he will only remain at the club if he’s given ample opportunity.
The 22-year-old midfielder was given his first league start of the season away at Wolves on Wednesday, and the Chelsea academy product had a good game and scored Chelsea’s only goal of the game. The goal marked Loftus-Cheek’s 6th in his last 7 games.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had complained about Loftus-Cheek’s tactical deficiency, but the young midfielder is beginning to impress his manager.
Blues legend Dennis Wise has advised Loftus-Cheek to remain at the club and fight for his shirt. Wise believes it’ll be better fighting for his shirt among quality players at Chelsea than being a regular at Crystal Palace and battling relegation.
Wise only urged Loftus-Cheek to remain consistent and take every opportunity he is given.
Speaking as he launched the inaugural ‘Sportsperson with a Personality Award’, sponsored by sports betting app, kwiff, Wise said: “I’m sure that many teams would want him. But as a player you should be asking yourself: ‘What do I want to be?’
“I’d want to fight and get in this team. He’s up against good players but do you want to go to [someone like] Crystal Palace where you’ll play week in week out and constantly battling or do you want to be at a team that can win trophies, competing against quality players?
“I know as a player that I’d want to fight to make that shirt my shirt. You want to make your shirt a Chelsea one because that’s where Ruben needs to be.
“He’s got to be consistent because there’s players that have a lot of quality so he has to produce week in, week out.
“He’s shown Sarri what he’s capable of and he’s proven he’s at that level. Sarri now has to make a decision on who plays in that third spot [in midfield] and I think Ruben has a good chance.
“Ruben has a great opportunity of making it his spot and I think he deserves a run in the team.”