Ruben Loftus-Cheek has made a sizeable impact during his time on loan with Crystal Palace and although no one can be quite sure how Chelsea feel about the midfielder’s immediate future as things stand, Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has claimed that the club will be “at the front of the queue” in the race to land the 22-year-old.
Despite picking up one or two injuries over the course of the 2017/18 season, Ruben’s form has seen him called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate, leading to him having an outside chance of earning a place on the plane to the World Cup in Russia in a few weeks’ time.
Given the long-term contract he’s still signed up to with the Blues, neither he nor Palace have much say over where he’ll be playing his football from August onwards but, if Chelsea are genuinely open to the idea of letting him leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis, Roy is clearly happy to make his intentions public.
Having shown himself to be a hugely capable operator in the middle of the park during his time in SE25, it’s difficult to know exactly how Loftus-Cheek himself would feel about the prospect of waving Chelsea goodbye and putting down roots at Selhurst Park but after playing regularly for the first time in his young career, I dare say he’s not dead set against the idea of a switch at this stage.
Quite clearly, playing his football in red and blue isn’t seen as a barrier to his potential inclusion in the Three Lions’ squad and with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend playing alongside him, the native south Londoner appears to be flourishing under the guidance of Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington.
Of course, the price-tag attached to Loftus-Cheek will influence Palace’s decision when push comes to shove but assuming Abramovic and co. don’t expect something insane, I’m sure the manager and our board of directors will be interested in making a move.