Brought into the first team fold by Jose Mourinho, the Englishman has been touted with greatness ever since. However, fast forward to 2017, and there is a new kid on the block that could be about to overtake his English compatriot – Tammy Abraham.
Don’t take anything away from Loftus-Cheek. In various youth and developmental levels, he has done it all. He’s won trophies and controlled games, and that is certainly the hallmark of a top prospect. But that’s also his problem – he has only done it at youth level. Though through no fault of his own, he hasn’t made an impact at a professional level yet, and at 21-years-old, that could now be his undoing.
Compare that with Tammy Abraham, who last season took the Championship by storm. Representing Bristol City, the forward bagged a remarkable 23 league goals, and that’s a tally that earned him a spot in the Premier League this term. He has since enjoyed a similar run of form during his early days for Swansea City – scoring regularly in pre-season and even opening his Premier League account.
At just 19-years-old, Tammy is far more of a complete player than Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and that will stand him in good stead as he looks to kick on. Meanwhile, Ruben is facing a season that could define his career with Crystal Palace. We may be sitting here in 12 months discussing a fantastic season for him, but that remains uncertain.
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Juventus want Virgil van Dijk January deal, Chelsea could challenge
Southampton defender Van Dijk was continually linked to Liverpool throughout the summer.
The 26-year-old handed in a transfer request in an effort to engineer an exit from St Mary’s.
Saints held firm, despite Liverpool and Chelsea both expressing a serious interest in the player.
Liverpool were accused of allegedly ‘tapping up’ the Dutchman, and Klopp made a concerted effort to bring the defender to Anfield.
The report says Juve are open to a deal, as they are looking for a replacement for Leonardo Bonucci, who joined AC Milan.
It is suggested Juve will ask Saints whether a deal would be feasible when the window reopens in January.
The Mirror also claim Chelsea will follow suit and tell Saints they are interested in signing Van Dijk providing he wants to leave.
Chelsea were tracking his progress over the summer and Antonio Conte wanted to bring in a defender to replace John Terry, and he was left frustrated after missing out on several key targets, including Romelu Lukaku who joined Manchester United from Everton.
Saints meanwhile, slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Watford.
Van Dijk wasn’t included in the match day squad, and he has been training with the development squad.