Chelsea should part company with Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer with the view of potentially re-signing him in the future, reckons former England winger Trevor Sinclair. Loftus-Cheek started Chelsea’s first Premier League game of the season against Brighton but was substituted at half time and not included in the squad for the following match at home to Liverpool.
Loftus-Cheek is linked with a loan move to a number of Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa, Southampton and West Ham.
But Sinclair reckons it would be best for the 24-year-old to seek a permanent transfer and “make a career” for himself elsewhere.
The pundit says Chelsea could then look to bring him back to the club in the future.
“He’s not played enough football, it’s as simple as that,” Sinclair said on talkSPORT.
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“He’s played 54 games, he’s 24 years old. He needs to get going or else it’s going to be one of those careers where you think ‘yeah he was well known and he probably did well financially, but what did he achieve?’.
“I think he’s got to go, me. Sometimes when you’re at your parent club where they’ve brought you through the ranks, they don’t give you that kind of opportunity sometimes and they don’t see what you’ve got in the bag and what you could achieve.
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“Sometimes you’ve got to go away and maybe he could come back.
“If he goes away and goes to a Palace or wherever – I’d say go [permanently], I’d say cut that chord, go make a career for yourself, go and earn your own stripes and if you do well enough, Chelsea know him inside out, they will have him back.”
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Loftus-Cheek was criticised by Jamie Carragher following his performance against Brighton.
But Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insisted the criticism was not called for following a host of injury problems for the player.
“Ruben had a terrible injury, an injury he worked very hard to come back from over the course of last season,” Lampard said.
“He was just about to start playing Under-23 games when lockdown came in.
“He worked incredibly hard during the restart, got to start against Aston Villa and was due to start against Bayern Munich on the last day of the season but had an issue on the day of the game.
“If there is harsh criticism of him from the game against Brighton, then it is certainly very harsh. He has put a lot of hours in and he’s a hugely talented player and great lad.
“There’s lots more to come from Ruben Loftus-Cheek but the nature of this game is very reactionary, so, unfortunately, people will say it as they see it without knowing the story behind the scenes.
“He’s fought back hard to get where he is and he’s a very talented player.”
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