- Gareth Southgate believes Chelsea’s first team regulars held Ruben Loftus-Cheek back last season
- This comes after the midfielder’s man of the match display on his England debut
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Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s potential and ability was a serious threat to the likes of Cesc Fabrgeas and N’Golo Kante. That’s according to England manager Gareth Southgate as Sky Sports reports.
The Englishman struggled to gain match time at Chelsea last season as the Blues went on to win the title. Despite selling Nemanja Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah, the 21-year-old was loaned out to Crystal Palace for this season.
But Southgate had his thoughts on Loftus-Cheek’s exclusion from being named in Antonio Conte’s line-ups of last season, as Sky Sports reports.
Southgate is quoted by Sky Sports saying:
“Have they kept him in his place? Yes, I imagine they probably saw the threat.”
“He has been able to battle through difficult spells at Chelsea, training with senior players who recognise his talent so get into him in training.”
Is Southgate right?
Only Antonio Conte and his coaching staff will know why Loftus-Cheek didn’t feature much for the Blues last season.
It’s certainly a bold claim of Southgate to make, even if the player told the manager himself.
The important thing is that Chelsea is still Loftus-Cheek’s parent club and has a chance of making our team next season.