ALLARDYCE: LOFTUS-CHEEK IS TOO GOOD NOT TO PLAY

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is trying to force his way into the Chelsea team after spending last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

The 22-year-old excelled on his loan spell at Selhurst Park and was called up to the England national team for the World Cup in Russia during the summer.

However, the young midfielder is now trying to break into the Chelsea team but is yet to make a single start in the Premier League this season. Loftus-Cheek has featured in three games and only started once this season and is behind Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley for the attacking midfield role.

Despite impressing in our Europa League victory over Vidi FC, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insisted that he lacked tactical understanding in the game and was then left out of the squad for the following Premier League game against Southampton.

Former England boss Sam Allardyce believes it’s time for Loftus-Cheek to think of his future and leave the club, insisting he is too talented to not be playing regularly in the Premier League.

“I’m disappointed for Loftus-Cheek,” the former England and Crystal Palace manager told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“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.”

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