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Ex-PL striker believes this is the reason Loftus-Cheek doesn’t start for Chelsea

first_img OFF Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REAL DEAL tense Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Chelsea News REVEALED 2 targets Chelsea already have multiple top class players fighting with Loftus-Cheek for the three midfield positions in their 4-3-3 system.However, Crouch believes he has now done enough to break through and feature at Burnley on Sunday.“Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s name has appeared many times on this page,” the former Premier League forward wrote in his Sportsmail column.“I make no secret about how big a fan I am and I was delighted to see him score three for Chelsea against BATE Borisov on Thursday.“But I will be looking at Maurizio Sarri’s teamsheet at Burnley on Sunday with interest. Will Loftus-Cheek actually be in the squad?“It would be demoralising for him, I’m sure, to miss out on the 18 at Turf Moor having bagged a hat-trick in Europe three days earlier.“How can that work?” Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Peter Crouch now plays in the Championship with Stoke, who were relegated last season 2center_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT As a youth product, Ruben Loftus-Cheek didn’t cost Chelsea a penny, whereas Jorginho (£57m), N’Golo Kante (£32m), Cesc Fabregas (£27m), Ross Barkley (£15m) and Mateo Kovacic (loan, but valued at roughly £30m) are all high-value competitors for his position.Crouch speculates that this may play a part in the manager’s thinking when tasked with team selection.“I watched Loftus-Cheek regularly last season and the game that sticks in my mind was when Crystal Palace came to the Bet365 Stadium in May and beat Stoke 2-1,” he continued.“I went home convinced that he would become a regular starter at Stamford Bridge.“It hasn’t happened so far — he has only played 33 minutes in the Premier League this season — and I sometimes feel this is the problem for a young player who has come through the ranks.“They are easily overlooked. If Chelsea had spent £35million on him in the summer, I’m certain he would have been on the pitch more.“It shows how strong Chelsea are that they can leave someone with his ability on the fringes — and why they will be a threat to Manchester City and Liverpool in the coming months.” Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Stoke City striker Peter Crouch thinks Ruben Loftus-Cheek should play for Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend.The 22-year-old English midfielder, who came up through the club’s academy, bagged a hat-trick in the Blues’ 3-1 Europa League win over BATE on Thursday, but will still likely struggle to break into Maurizio Sarri’s first team. JIBE Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored his first Chelsea hat-trick against BATE gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining REVEALED punished Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’last_img read more