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  • Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek wanted by West Ham.
  • Maurizio Sarri is thought to have blocked the move from materialising.
  • Loftus-Cheek has four goals in six appearances this season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek recent flurry of goals appears to have earned him some admirers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be allowed to leave Chelsea.

Loftus-Cheek, who scored just two Premier League goals in 24 appearances on-loan at Crystal Palace last term, appears to have found his shooting boots under Maurizio Sarri.

Four goals in a week is a level of productivity that we never expected to see from the 22-year-old. Though, he has exceeded all expectations placed on him to date.

Loftus-Cheek is one of our most talented young players. He may be behind Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic in the competition for the third midfield spot, but that doesn’t do him sufficient justice.

An English World Cup representative at 22. Chelsea’s first hat-trick hero in a European competition since Didier Drogba in 2006. Loftus-Cheek’s career has exploded into life in 2018.

Ruben Loftus Cheek
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The last thing that he needs having scaled these lofty heights is to be forced to compete at the opposite end of the Premier League table. Sarri appears to be in agreement.

The Mirror report that West Ham are interested in signing Loftus-Cheek on-loan. They’re one of several clubs outside the top six whose starting eleven Ruben would walk into.

However, as per the report, Sarri has little interest in allowing Loftus-Cheek to make the move across London when the January transfer window opens. The Italian has said no to the move.

If Loftus-Cheek is to leave on-loan, we ought to ensure that he is given a challenge that reflects the quality he possesses. Being surrounded by mediocrity in East London is not what he needs at this stage of his development.

Ruling out a loan move entirely would be unwise, Loftus-Cheek needs minutes on the pitch. Considering the success that fellow Englishmen Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson are enjoying in the Bundesliga, that’s an often that should be explored.

Under no circumstances should we be improving our rivals free of charge…

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