BBC pundit Ian Wright was full of praise for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek following his performance in the 3-1 win against Southampton yesterday.
The 25-year-old was handed his first league start of the season as manager Thomas Tuchel made five changes from the defeat to Juventus, and Wright claims Loftus-Cheek was back to his best:
“The display today was magnificent. People say about Ruben Loftus-Cheek about his energy and it looked like he was playing in himself. But today, in his own box, in midfield, everything. One of the things he’s going to have to do to stay in this Chelsea team, especially as someone who played in a pivot as a [midfield] two, is score more goals.”
“The power, the skill, he’s got everything. People say he hasn’t got the energy, look at him now, this is scary. Looking at a Ruben Loftus-Cheek who looks to me like he’s got the fire in his belly back. He’s dangerous.”
As well as providing the assist for Trevoh Chalobah’s opener, Loftus-Cheek was authoritative in possession and demonstrated his willingness to carry the ball forward into dangerous areas.
It will be interesting to see what happens after the international break. N’Golo Kante is likely to be available again for the Blues’ next game Brentford later this month and, with both Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic also competing for first-team places, Tuchel will be handed a selection headache.
Giving the manager something to think about, though, was exactly what Loftus-Cheek needed to do and his display should mean he is in contention for more starts going forward.