‘He is fantastic on the ball, great physicality and great athlete’ – Graham Potter rains praises on Chelsea star

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is enjoying a consistent run of games at Stamford Bridge, and now seems to be an important player under Graham Potter.

Loftus-Cheek who has had a career filled with injury worries, has impressed his new manager Graham Potter.

Potter is hopeful Loftus-Cheek can make Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in November, and has revealed how Loftus-Cheek has impressed him.

“Ruben has really impressed me, on and off the pitch,” Potter said ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night.

“He is a humble guy who wants to learn and improve. He’s clearly benefitted from more game-time, but the way he has trained is really, really good when he hasn’t played. So that has allowed him to build his fitness up.

“Clearly, he needs a good fitness level to carry that big body of his around the pitch, but his quality is there. He is fantastic on the ball, great physicality, great athlete.

“I think he is putting himself in a situation where he will be one of the players Gareth [Southgate] will be looking at as an outsider for the squad. But that is Gareth’s decision.”