While Antonio Conte’s arrival at Chelsea has completely revolutionised Jose Mourinho’s title flops, there remain problems in west London.
As good as the first-team have been this season, youth prospects still find it hard to truly break into the senior ranks, with only Nathaniel Chalobah taking a relatively promoted role this season. Nathan Ake was recalled from his loan spell with Bournemouth during the January transfer window, though hasn’t enjoyed much in the way of game time since.
The Blues’ strength in attacking midfield berths has prevented Ruben Loftus-Cheek from truly imposing himself on Conte’s new era, with England U21 international playing just 22 minutes of Premier League football this season.
Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian largely operate in the positions wide of Diego Costa and the new 3-4-3 system doesn’t afford the opportunity to deploy a No.10. Though RLC was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge over the New Year period, he was kept on for his squad role it seems, but still hasn’t been afforded much of a look in.
However, last night, putting his struggles at club level behind him, the 21-year-old impressed for the Young Lions against Denmark as they prepare for the European Championships this summer. Scoring twice in a 4-0 win, he impressed fans on social media with his goalscoring exploits.
With that in mind, here’s a look at how Chelsea fans reacted to Loftus-Cheek’s performance.
— Mick Loizou (@MickmarJr) March 27, 2017
— aidan (@englandyouth) March 27, 2017
@englandyouth Agreed. Loftus-Cheek needs to go out on loan to a Prem side. Wouldn't be shocked if he's at Bournemouth or Brighton next year.
— Adam Dennehey (@ADennehey87) March 27, 2017
— Robin Gibson (@endeavourdigi) March 27, 2017
Ruben Loftus-Cheek/Kante should be Chelsea's midfield two in a season or so. He shoule be able to supersede Nemanja Matic. #CFC
— Jonny Bentley (@SportsJonny) March 27, 2017
RLC is an absolute Rolls Royce of a player. If we can develop him and find his correct/best position he'll become a #Cfc mainstay imo.
— Charlie Harris (@HarrisCharles5) March 27, 2017