Chelsea is certainly no paradise for young players looking to break into the first team, and this has been proven once again as the Blues are now ready to let one of their most promising young players leave on loan.
The Evening Standard are reporting that Chelsea are willing to let midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek leave on loan this January, amidst interest from a host of top clubs in England.
The report cites Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion as one of the contenders for the 20-year-old, while West Ham United continue to remain interested in him. The Hammers have been in pursuit of the young midfielder for some time now, and this will come as welcome news to Slaven Bilic and co.
The Blues too are believed to want Loftus-Cheek to move to a Premier League club, which is the reason why they reportedly blocked a bid for the player by Championship big-shots Newcastle United.
The report also talks about Chelsea’s interest in Atalanta and Ivory Coast central midfielder Franck Kessie and how it may affect the future of Loftus-Cheek at Stamford Bridge. In this case, the loan move may eventually be converted into a permanent transfer if all things play out according to plan.
20-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been widely hailed as one of the bright young prospects at Stamford Bridge. It looked like the Englishman was well on the way to breaking into the starting XI last season, making 13 appearances in the Premier League.
However, this season has been very difficult for the youngster. New manager Antonio Conte hasn’t trusted the player to give him a Premier League start, and he has made only one substitute appearance in the league.
Loftus-Cheek has only made two starts in the League Cup this season, a competition which Chelsea are no longer part of. The Englishman is a quality central midfielder, but his career seems to be stagnating at the London based outfit.
A move to West Ham United would be the most appealing among the options on offer for Loftus-Cheek. The Hammers have been struggling this season, but the historic club are capable of offering top tier action alongside some of the most exciting players in the league.