Tim Sherwood describes the Chelsea player as “special”
Tim Sherwood praised Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but suggested he needed to follow Thomas Tuchel’s advice more.
Speaking on the Kelly and Wrighty Show, Sherwood didn’t hold back in greeting Loftus-Cheek, but insisted he could still improve by paying more attention to Tuchel’s words.
The 25-year-old is back in the fold of Stamford Bridge after a spell out of the picture.
A serious injury, followed by the loan transfer to Fulham, really threatened the future of the former England international from that childhood.
Over the summer, questions were raised about the Cobham graduate’s place within Thomas Tuchel’s team.
Having failed to appear in any of the Premier League’s first five games this season, Loftus-Cheek has gradually found his way back into the squad.
Now, with 12 appearances and three assists to his credit, the player’s status is no longer under review.
He has clearly accepted most of the information given to him by Tuchel, given his latest postings, despite Sherwood’s comments.
It’s time for Ruben to shine
His performances have earned him a regular place in the starting XI, which could become more accessible due to N’Golo Kante’s injury.
Kante came out for Loftus-Cheek in the midweek Champions League clash against Juventus with a knee twist and he is uncertain whether he will face Manchester United on Sunday.
Thanks to Mateo Kovacic’s absence as well, the Englishman is the Frenchman’s most obvious replacement.
“He might have his opportunity now. Kante came out the other night, he came in and did really well, ”Sherwood said on Loftus-Cheek.
“He has really special feet. It’s a one player Rolls Royce in my opinion.
“He just needs to bow his head. He has all the attributes; he just needs to start listening to the manager. He must trust the manager.
“A special talent for me. Different from Kanté, completely different.
Kanté’s concern is the openness of another man
While Kante’s loss is obviously massive for Chelsea, it gives the others a chance to put themselves in the spotlight.
Otherwise Loftus-Cheek, perhaps Saul Niguez or Ross Barkley, two individuals still with points to prove to Tuchel.
Especially Saul, who remains on trial as his return to Atletico Madrid gets closer and closer.
But for a game as important as this weekend’s, expect Loftus-Cheek to get the green light.
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