Ruben Loftus Cheek
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek donned a new shirt number during his cameo against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

It was a night to forget for Loftus-Cheek, who likely has some rust to shed after returning early from holiday.

Loftus-Cheek misplaced a few passes after coming on as a substitute. He also missed a decisive penalty in the shootout.

We’ll let him off seeing as he was fresh off the sunbeds. Improvement will come as his understanding of Maurizio Sarri’s system develops.

Something that we did notice during his time on the pitch was the new number that he had on his back.

Before departing for Crystal Palace, Loftus-Cheek was our number 14. That was subsequently taken by Tiemoue Bakayoko.

It looks as though Loftus-Cheek will now wear the number 12, which has been vacant ever since the departure of John Obi Mikel.

Let’s hope he’s as good as a servant to the club as his predecessor…

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