Dennis Wise offers direct advice to Ruben Loftus-Cheek about Chelsea FC future
The Chelsea FC legend offers advice to Ruben Loftus-Cheek about his immediate future ahead of the January transfer window
Dennis Wise has urged Ruben Loftus-Cheek to remain at Chelsea FC despite the temptation to move on loan in January.
Loftus-Cheek has further cemented his reputation in the current campaign under new Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri despite a lack of first-team football.
The England international earned rave reviews for his performances during Three Lions’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer.
Loftus-Cheek fell further down the pecking order following the arrival of Napoli playmaker Jorginho and Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the most recent transfer window.
The 22-year-old has managed to seize his opportunities when Sarri has played Lofuts-Cheek in the 2018-19 campaign.
Loftus-Cheek has scored six times in 501 minutes of first-team football since his hat-trick in Chelsea FC’s 3-1 win against BATE Borisov in the Europa League on 25 October.
The Chelsea FC star had a successful season-long loan at Crystal Palace in the 2017-18 season so it is understandable that Loftus-Cheek could be tempted to secure another temporary move.
Former Blues midfielder Wise believes Loftus-Cheek should remain at Stamford Bridge rather than leave the west London side on loan in the January transfer window.
“”No, I don’t think he should [go on loan],” Wise told Standard Sport.
“He [Sarri] has played him a number of times. He’s got competition for places but why would Loftus-Cheek want to go on loan?”
Asked where Loftus-Cheek should go if he does pursue a loan move, Wise said:
“I’ll pick Crystal Palace just because he went there on loan. Why would you want to go there on loan, to a team where you’ll play a lot of games but you’ll be in a battle down the bottom when you can play in a team full of top international players, fighting to win trophies and trying to get in the Champions League?
“I think he’s improved so much. This is a process for him and I think it’s important he stays at Chelsea and he fights. He’s very close to being one of the players who could take one of those shirts and stay in there and he has to carry that on until the end of the season.
“He’s got the opportunity to do it now that he’s thought of in a different way than when he went out on loan. Maurizio said it: he won’t go out on loan. He’s stepped up to another level. He will be the one fighting for that offensive spot.”
Chelsea FC will take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon in pursuit of back-to-back Premier League victories.
The Blues are in fourth spot in the Premier League table.