One of the reason Gareth Southgate is the ideal man to guide England into their brave new era is because he has worked so closely with many of this country’s latest promising generation of talented players in his role as Under 21s manager.
In that sense, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a microcosm of that; the Chelsea midfielder just about got enough game time on loan at Crystal Palace last season to force his way into the 23-man party that went to Russia and got to the World Cup semi-finals.
Loftus-Cheek was not a regular starter but did enough in his limited gametime to elevate his standing to the next level and it is now down to Chelsea to decide whether to keep him.
Most clubs would, but with Napoli’s Jorginho reportedly completing a medical and moving close to joining the Blues, that creates yet more midfield competition for the England international to battle past.
So, that’s why we asked where the powerful midfielder should end up if he does depart the Bridge and the overwhelming answer was Everton.
75 per cent of the fans who responded think that joining Marco Silva’s Everton revolution is the best move for Loftus-Cheek after his impressive summer’s work and there is little doubt that he would add more pace and dynamism than fielding Wayne Rooney in central midfield did last season.
With Rooney out of the way and Gylfi Sigurdsson struggling with injury, there is a spot for Loftus-Cheek and Everton could reasonably hope to pounce if the Jorginho deal gets done.