Let’s Talk About Ruben Loftus-Cheek – What’s Wrong With Him?

Jose Mourinho spent much of the last season hyping up Ruben Loftus-Cheek!

With the reputation of being the best academy in England, it’s rather surprising that none of the Chelsea prospects so far has made it to the top tier. Jose Mourinho, who already has a bad record in developing academy players, must be aware of this hence, the ploy of hyping up Ruben Loftus-Cheek, for the better part of the last season.

It seems like Mourinho rather hoped that the confidence shown by him in Ruben would probably motivate the youngster to try harder and earn a first-team spot this season. But, as I said, it was more of a hope than anything else. Much of the performance that the English midfielder has shown so far is surely enough to earn him a spot on the bench, let alone the first team place. We already have the likes of Matic, Fabregas, Oscar, Ramires and Mikel and even if you don’t trust the latter two to start week in week out for us, would have rather have RLC or them starting a big game?

Much of the performance that the English midfielder has shown so far is surely not enough to earn him a spot on the bench, let alone the first team place. We already have the likes of Matic, Fabregas, Oscar, Ramires and Mikel in midfield, and even if you don’t trust the latter two to start week in week out for us, would you have rather have RLC or one of them starting a big game?

Jose Mourinho probably recognizes this and that’s why we don’t see those rainbow and butterfly talks anymore from the Portuguese. It’s time Ruben realizes his potential and proves himself on the pitch.
Here’s what Mourinho said about the 19-year-old after the loss yesterday:

“[His prospects, his playing time] depends on him – not on me. People normally ask about chances and chances and chances and maybe that’s a good excuse for the young players to be where they are.”

“I think maybe for the good of English football, you should go the other way. Are you ready to get the chance?”

“Because the other day I had this internal discussion. Must the manager give confidence to a player? Or must the player give confidence to a manager? And I had this nice internal discussion with my people. At the end of the day we arrive into a conclusion that players pick themselves. That’s the responsibility that they must have.”

“You can ask them why they want to leave the club and if they’re honest all of them will say it’s because they don’t want real competition. They don’t want to have some big players with them fighting.”

“The players and the agents would like this – ‘Oh I need five matches in a row to prove myself’. You don’t need five matches in a row. You need 10 minutes. In 10 minutes, you can show me if you are ready or if you are not ready. Kurt Zouma didn’t have five matches in a row.”

That’s a great example! I still remember watching Zouma in the preseason last year and thinking this kid ain’t gonna make it here! The Frenchman had a horrible time and even conceded goals from rookie mistakes, result? He was literally absent from the team-sheet in the first half of the season.

Coincidentally, Cahill had a horrible time against Tottenham and Zouma seized this opportunity with both hands. The Frenchman never had “five matches in a row” to prove himself, but he did prove his worth when he got his chance. Everyone including Mourinho expects the same from RLC!

“In 10 minutes it’s difficult to score a Maradona goal – to get the ball in midfield, dribble past 10 guys and score – but that’s not what you’re expecting from a player. You can show you are mentally ready, you are physically ready, you are ready to cope with the pressure, you aren’t the kind of guy that is ready to train and play against kids of your own age but not to play at a high level.”

Source – the Guardian

I don’t know what the problem is but you do get the feeling that the kid lacks the hunger, the intent on the pitch. His off the ball movement is really bad which makes our midfield vulnerable for the counter-attack. I just hope he doesn’t turn into Josh McEachran 2.0. You really need to be very good to crack into our first eleven, I hope RLC realizes this and works harder than ever!

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