Willian has been linked with a move away from Chelsea after struggling to maintain his place in Antonio Conte's team

Chelsea winger Willian has admitted that he doesn’t know why Ruben Loftus-Cheek was shipped out on loan during the summer transfer window.

Loftus-Cheek was kept behind by Antonio Conte has part of his first-team squad last term, but what initially appeared to be a show of faith from the Italian, actually proved to be halting his development.

The Chelsea academy product found game-time hard to come by, and a loan away from Stamford Bridge this time around was the most logical move. Crystal Palace provided the ideal destination, and he is thriving at Selhurst Park.

ruben loftus cheek joins Crystal Palace
Chelsea academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek joins Crystal Palace on a season-long loan.

Following Loftus-Cheek’s man of the match performance against world champions at Wembley last Friday, former teammate Willian has questioned by Chelsea allowed him to go out on loan this season.

The Brazilian is quoted by ESPN saying:

“I don’t know why he is at Crystal Palace now. He has to come back!”

We know why, Willian

It is pretty obvious why Loftus-Cheek is out on loan. The idea of the loan system is for players to show what they can do when playing regularly and improve on all aspects of their game.

Loftus Cheek
Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek was named man of the match following his England debut against Germany.

Loftus-Cheek has done that. We shouldn’t be criticising the club for allowing him to leave on a temporary basis, we should be commending them for helping him take major steps forward in his career.

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2 years ago

What is the point sitting on the bench in name of keeping a young player