Ruben Loftus-Cheek has taken aim at Chelsea’s youth policy, saying he ‘doesn’t understand what’s going on behind-the-scenes.
The set-up at Stamford Bridge has been widely criticised in recent years due to the lack of young talent making the breakthrough into the senior team in west London.
This has seen young British prospects such as Patrick Bamford, Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Ake all sold on in recent years as the first team prioritizes the signings of proven senior signings.
One man who has been tipped to buck the trend is Loftus-Cheek, but after spending a season out on loan at Crystal Palace, the midfielder emphasized the importance of first-team football.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “It’s been so difficult to go from playing every game then get to the seniors and not be given a chance.
“It’s really difficult mentally, there’s only so long you just enjoy training with top players.
“From a year ago, I’ve improved so much from playing. A game situation is so, so, different.
“It’s hard to compare the faith of Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson and lack of Antonio Conte faith because Chelsea is a big club and managers are under pressure and maybe don’t want to take a chance on a young player.
“I don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes fully.”
Chelsea Set To Stun Liverpool By Snatching Top Transfer Target
The saga that is Antonio Conte and his long-awaited Chelsea exit finally look set to be resolved this week, with Maurizio Sarri’s arrival as his replacement reportedly imminent. Yet, while this should bring some stability to Stamford Bridge, it’s almost guaranteed not to be the end of this summer’s ins and outs.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has long been linked with a move away from the English capital, with Real Madrid believed to be his dream destination.
As the Spanish giants reportedly prepare to make their move for the big Belgian in the coming days, the Blues must act quickly to get a replacement in.
AS Roma’s Alisson has long been a target for Liverpool, as well seemingly half of Europe’s other elite clubs, yet it’s now believed that Chelsea has jumped to the front of the queue and are preparing a mega-bucks bid of their own.
The Brazilian number 1 has carried last season’s fine form at club level into this summer’s World Cup in Russia, but how did his performances compare to those of Courtois?
The 2 goalkeepers showed their class as they helped guide their sides to X and X placed finishes in Serie A and the Premier League respectively, and there’s almost nothing to pick between them.
Alisson kept 2 more clean sheets but played 2 more games, while his goals against tally were only marginally better than Courtois’ too.
The most eye-opening statistic, however, was the percentage of shots saved. Alisson’s 80% was spectacularly high, meaning that oppositions on average needed 5 shots on target in order to find the net. It’s a level far higher than Courtois managed to produce and outranks that of almost any goalkeeper in world football too.
While there can be no doubt that Courtois would be a loss to any side, Alisson is a truly worthy replacement. He would be a top quality recruit for Chelsea and if they can get the deal over the line, a perfect way to begin the Sarri era.