Loftus-Cheek's father accuses Mourinho of 'holding him back'

  • Loftus-Cheek's father accuses Mourinho of 'holding him back'

Loftus-Cheek's father accuses Mourinho of 'holding him back'

People more familiar with his talent and his story, however, know his emergence as a national talking point is long overdue.

But it was not just Loftus-Cheek who caught the eye.

He has played eight times this season and grabbed two assists, while on loan at Crystal Palace. While Loftus-Cheek could theoretically play as the creative element alongside one of the more naturally conservative midfielders, Cesc Fabregas is now the senior figure in that position meaning that game time would always have been limited.

'Room for improvement but I felt a really healthy performance'.

The Spain global has guided Chelsea to two Premier League titles during his time in west London.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp felt Loftus-Cheek had little option but to leave the defending champions given the summer signings.

So how did Ruben seemingly slip through the cracks?

The stats make for good reading as Loftus-Cheek had a 96 percent pass completion rate, completing 50 successful passes out of 52.

Loftus-Cheek was pivotal to the endeavour, creativity and steel displayed by England's inexperienced side at Wembley.

And last season, under Antonio Conte, he made just 11 first-team appearances, mostly from the bench.

"He has been able to battle through hard spells at Chelsea, training with senior players who recognise his talent so get into him in training", Southgate said. Unfortunately for him, his England debut was not almost as compelling as Loftus-Cheek's though he still worked hard and showed enough decent touches not to look totally out of place.

'I think we did very well against a very well-oiled machine in Germany, ' he said. His friendly demeanour and humble personality ensured he was well liked at Cobham, he never complained publicly about his treatment and he responded to any reprimand with renewed determination.

'If Ruben was playing for Mauricio Pochettino, he'd have 70, 80, 90 first-team appearances by now'.

He is being rewarded for his decision to seek first team football at Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace. Now they are a Roy Hodgson side - an identity that comes with starkly different duties on the pitch.

Unsurprisingly one ex-Blue legend is still influencing Loftus-Cheek - John Terry.

Marcus Rashford, who played for the last half an hour on Friday night, is believed to be in line to start up front alongside Jamie Vardy, while Southgate has also said he "will not hesitate" to throw youngsters Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook and Angus Gunn into action.