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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his Fulham debut at Bramall Lane as the Cottagers picked up their first point of the season, with a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.
Loftus-Cheek started in an advanced midfield role and played 81 minutes in the game, his longest runout in 17 months following a long-term Achilles injury, which he suffered back in May 2019.
Loftus-Cheek is being managed by former Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker at Fulham, and he made his longest competitive appearance in the game against Sheffield.
Speaking after the game, the 24-year-old admitted that he enjoyed the game and was pleased to start and last so long on the pitch.
He said: “I think this is only my third or fourth start since my injury.
“So it’s a good opportunity for me to play some football and find my form and I really enjoyed playing with Fulham today.”
Fulham are 19th in the league and have only gotten a point so far this season. However, Loftus-Cheek believes that they can get better.
“I’ve come into the place and there was such a good vibe and attitude that even though we haven’t won yet, the belief is still there and you can feel it on the pitch,” he said.
“We played some really good football and created chances, so the belief is there and the win we feel is coming.”