Former ?Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has advised young midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to seek a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.
Loftus-Cheek spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace where he impressed as the Eagles avoided relegation.
His performances for Palace earned the midfielder his first senior England call-up and he later was named Man of the Match for his debut showing against Germany last year. After overcoming injury, Gareth Southgate also included the Chelsea starlet in his 23-man World Cup squad.
However, despite enhancing his reputation out on loan, the 22-year-old has been overlooked at Chelsea in recent seasons, while Hodgson hasn’t hidden from the fact that he would like to bring the midfielder to Selhurst Park on a permanent basis.
While Blues fans will no doubt like to keep a young, home-grown star like Loftus-Cheek, former Chelsea man Pat Nevin believes in order to develop, the youngster would be better suited elsewhere.
Nevin told West London Sport:
“People are saying he just needs a chance and should be given a chance but it’s very different at Chelsea.
“He needs to be playing regularly at a high level and Chelsea can just go out and buy world-class players.
“I don’t think that it is fair on a young player if he only gets 10 games as part of a squad next season. I don’t like to see a young player’s growth being stifled.”
Should Loftus-Cheek heed Nevin’s advice, he may not be the only midfielder to depart Chelsea this summer, with Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater