Fulham midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek — on loan from Chelsea for the season — has been at the club for a while now, and gave in some really good performances last season. He started giving the stars of the midfield a run for their money, and he played well whenever he stepped on the pitch.
This season, though, I don’t really know what happened. He started playing a little bit worse, and the other midfielders played a little bit better than before. He just looked lost, really.
So as a result, Frank Lampard decided that since Loftus-Cheek won’t play that much at Chelsea, it’d be best to send him off to a Premier League club on loan for the rest of the season. Fulham signed him on a loan for the rest of the season.
Soon after the loan deal, Chelsea’s form started to dip, and Lampard’s worries about being sacked got bigger and bigger. Then he was sacked, Tuchel came in, fixed the team, you know the drill.
Chelsea have now scored 32 points under Thomas Tuchel in the Premier League this season in 15 games—more than half their total (Lampard 29 in 19).
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What did Tuchel say about Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the press conference?
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Now, Tuchel mentioned in a recent press conference for the game against Fulham — a match in which Kai Havertz shone and made his case for a potential start vs Real Madrid — that he would like to see Loftus-Cheek train with the team, and talk to him and work with him before he makes a decision on whether he’ll stay or leave.
Tuchel also said in the same press conference that he wanted his previous club, Borussia Dortmund, to get him back in the day, but a move never really took place. There were slight comparisons made between Ballack’s game and Loftus-Cheek’s game as well. Tuchel said that “it reminded us a bit of his style of play and movements with Michael Ballack.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had a lot of game-time under his belt — featuring 30 times this season and starting in 23 games. He truly hoped it’d be enough, but as the boss just said, he wants to watch him play before making a decision on him.