Ruben Loftus-Cheek should keep his options open if clubs come knocking to lure him away from Stamford Bridge and Crystal Palace, where Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan, have indicated they would be interested in having him play under manager Roy Hodgson again.
According to the Evening Standard the former England manager, who took over at Palace in September last, would be more than willing to get him back to Selhurst Park, should Chelsea let him go in January.
“If the question was ‘should Ruben Loftus-Cheek be made available in January, would Crystal Palace be interested in loaning him again?’ then the answer is ‘yes’,” said Roy Hodgson.
Loftus-Cheek had an incredible spell in his time at Palace, so much so that current England manager Gareth Southgate, included him in his World Cup squad. Since returning to Chelsea, however, the 22-year-old Loftus-Cheek has been struggling to break through into the first team under Maurizio Sarri.
Keeping Loftus-Cheek at the club could become problematic in Chelsea’s season. If Sarri isn’t going to play the England international, then he might as well just get rid of him as soon as possible, before the situation worsens.
Loftus-Cheek, on the other hand, needs regular game-time for his career to gain momentum and going back to Crystal Palace won’t be a bad option at all. If his current situation is compared with that of current Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku’s situation at Chelsea a few years ago, then it would only benefit him to go to a ‘smaller’ club, where he would be a regular starter.
Lukaku’s move to Everton from Chelsea in 2013 presented him with an opportunity to show his worth in the Premier League and the fact that a club like Manchester United then broke their transfer record last year to offer him a contract at Old Trafford, suggests that it would be a clever move for Loftus-Cheek.
Chelsea can then kick on with their season without worrying about an unhappy player in the squad.