When Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed during England’s World Cup campaign in Russia, many assumed that the Chelsea midfielder would finally get his chance.
The 22-year-old, rated at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, has been on the fringes of the West London outfit for some time, and last season joined Crystal Palace on loan.
When Maurizio Sarri took over from Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager, it soon became clear that Loftus-Cheek would not be given much game time.
However, the England international failed to secure a permanent or loan move elsewhere, and as a result his minutes on the pitch have amounted to just 33.
On Tuesday night, Loftus-Cheek was selected by Gareth Southgate to start the Three Lions’ friendly against Switzerland, which they won 1-0.
The midfielder played 61 minutes of the encounter and failed to make an impact.
His performance led some members of the media to launch a debate about Loftus-Cheek’s long-term future.
Journalist Simon Johnson for The London Evening Standard wrote a piece advising the midfielder to leave Stamford Bridge.
The article sparked a debate among Chelsea fans on Twitter.
Let him fight for the shirt, if you’re good, you’re good. His time will surely come.
— Bridge News (@cfc_wale) September 12, 2018
Calm down… The season has just begun ffs.
— LukeCFC (@SarriCFC1905) September 12, 2018
Absolutely. His weaknesses are not going to improve sitting on the bench or playing the occasional game. He’s always been a momentum player. Should ask to go in January.
— joeTweedie (@joeTweedie) September 12, 2018
If RLC was not English no one would be talking about him. He ain’t getting ahead of Kante, Kovacic, or Jorginho period.
— grimafc (@ChrisGrima4) September 12, 2018
Honestly, he should just do what Kane did at Tottenham. Take the chances given, such as the one that will come during the Europa and domestic cup matches kick in. If you can be as good as the 3 that start then show it so the coach can no longer overlook you.
— Boi Badot, Wonderman (@cony_the_1st) September 12, 2018
A lot of English players are overhyped now chalobah and solanke left two years ago none of them is starting at their clubs
— Akajimalo@GEEZ (@james_gorerino) September 12, 2018
So where should he go? What happens when Kovacic and Barkley gets injured? Even Kovacic alone barring in mind that we will play approximately 2 games a week for the next 12 months straight
— TkaySW6 (@Tkaynoel) September 12, 2018
— (@CareFreeRomeo) September 12, 2018
is sad as this is, it’s true.
— King of Trainers (@samzi251) September 12, 2018
This article is a bit premature given we are only 4 games into the season. He will have opportunities during the first half of the season and needs to take them.
— Nick Cook (@nickcook26) September 12, 2018
A battle he cannot win straight up translates to he isn’t that level
— V (@1stTouchFanatic) September 12, 2018