Sam Allardyce offers transfer advice to Chelsea FC’s forgotten man

The former England manager believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek should leave Chelsea FC in the January transfer window

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Sam Allardyce has urged Ruben Loftus-Cheek to seek a move away from Chelsea FC in the January transfer window.

Loftus-Cheek impressed during a season-long loan at Crystal Palace under Roy Hodgson during the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The 22-year-old scored two goals in 25 games in all competitions during his one season at the Eagles to earn a spot in England’s World Cup squad.

The versatile midfielder’s growing reputation was highlighted by the fact that Gareth Southgate selected the Chelsea FC starlet in three of his starting line ups in the tournament in Russia.

Chelsea FC appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager in the summer to suggest Loftus-Cheek could be set for a reprieve at the west London side after being frozen out under Antonio Conte.

However, the Italian head coach signed Napoli playmaker Jorginho and Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic in the summer to congest Loftus-Cheek’s route to the first team.

Loftus-Cheek has made two substitute appearances in the Premier League so far, racking up an underwhelming 33 minutes in the English top flight this term.

Former England manager Allardyce believes Loftus-Cheek needs to leave Chelsea FC in the summer transfer window.

“I’m disappointed for Loftus-Cheek,” Allardyce told talkSPORT as quoted by Metro. “Chelsea have told him he’s going to be a part of the team this season and, if that is the case, they haven’t lived up to that yet.

“What he did for Crystal Palace last season and for England at the World Cup, I thought this would be a big season for him at Chelsea, but it’s simply not happening.

“If I were Loftus-Cheek I would be battering the door down in January and saying, ‘that’s it, I need to get away’.

“And not on loan, get away from Chelsea properly and build his own career.

“He’s had the taste of playing first team football at Palace and obviously he loves Chelsea, but it’s not happening for him there.

“He’s got to play. He’s too talented not to play, we’ve all seen that.”

Loftus-Cheek broke in the Chelsea FC team during Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge despite the manager’s reputation for not developing young talents.

The England star made three appearances in the 2014-15 season, including his first start in Chelsea FC’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge in May 2015.

The Chelsea FC starlet scored in a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup to open his Blues account before the powerful midfielder netted his first Premier League goal at Aston Villa.

Loftus-Cheek netted two goals in 17 games in all competitions in the 2015-16 season before Conte used the England international just 11 times in the Italian’s first season in charge.

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