Chelsea legend unsure powerful midfielder can perform at Chelsea

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was expected to be the next big thing from the Chelsea academy after John Terry, but he has so far not lived up to expectations.

Loftus-Cheek had performed very well under Maurizio Sarri and was among the stars of the team in Chelsea’s Europa League success, but injury made him miss the final and since then he has been unable to reach his best form after missing football for a year.

A loan move to Fulham last season was expected to bring out the best in Loftus-Cheek, but he couldn’t shine at struggling Fulham and scored only one goal in the course of the season.

The 25-year-old is expected to return to pre-season under Thomas Tuchel for the first time, and former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin is doubtful if Loftus-Cheek will ever make it at Stamford Bridge.

“For Ruben, he will play every week or must week when he’s out on loan,” said the Blues hero.

“He couldn’t get a game for England because he’s fallen down the list. I would say Billy (Gilmour) is ahead of him in the pecking order. It’s tricky.

“He’s a quality player. If you can get the best out of him, week-in-week-out, he’s somebody that can be helpful to the squad with his power and the running.

“But in reality, I’m just not sure he’s going to come in and walk into our team.”

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