The football season for clubs may be on break, but clubs still tend to monitor the development of their players in the ongoing World Cup in Russia. If anything, I think that this might even be a better yardstick to judge how far they have come since last summer considering how big a stage the World Cup is. It is the biggest level of football there is in the world, and if a player can turn up at this level, it’s hard to see him not doing so at any other level.
Chelsea presently have a few loan players in the world cup, and a number of them have performed spectacularly well, especially two.
Reuben Loftus-Cheek is playing for England at the World Cup. Having made one substitute appearance, the 22-year-old has definitely been one to watch. Harry Kane handed the Three Lions the goals that saw them beat Tunisia, but he wasn’t the only one who pulled the strings. Loftus-Cheek undoubtedly played a great role in the match, because he made an impressive mark in the game. Despite only coming in as a second half substitute, he turned the game in its head, and gave England more purpose once he came on.
Kenneth Omeruo of Nigeria is another player that has impressed so far in the competition. He missed his country’s first game against Croatia, but returned to the starting lineup against Iceland on Friday. His presence in the defence brought an aura of confidence with it, and he was helpful in neutralising the threat of Iceland towards the Nigerian goal. In fact, his performance was so good, even the official Chelsea twitter handle had to congratulate him.
I think it’s very important that all of these players are impressing at this level, and this early in the competition because it does look like we will be having a new coach very soon. He will need all the great legs he can get if we intend to fight for the title this coming season. And with the older lads already looking comfortable, a bit of competition wouldn’t be bad for our improvement too.