Illustrious England player Ruben Loftus-Cheek is officially a bald eagle. He swaps his deep blue sea kit for a red and blue striped jersey. The 21-year-old has been a receiver of two Premier League winners’ medals in the last three seasons, both with Chelsea.
Some would’ve seen the loan move coming with speculation building through the January transfer window. The youngster is a product of the Chelsea youth system, it shows the strength and versatility left in the British youth system; a refreshing change to news relating to big-ticket price tags.
Crystal Palace’s new manager Frank de Boer chose Ruben as his first signing since appointment last month. This is pivotal proof of de Boer’s intentions for the forthcoming season. Loftus-Cheek is known to be a venomous central midfielder with an eye for goal yet the maturity of a tamed lion, knowing his place in the defensive strategy.
Fourteenth placed Palace look to revitalise the South London spirit with an injection of pace and ferocity from Loftus-Cheek.
His play is comparable to Del Bosque’s Spanish masterclass of tikka-taka football. The likes of Barcelona still adopt this play to this day. Holding an 84% pass success rate in 32 career appearances in the Premier League, it is clear to see where his expertise could corroborate with de Boer’s decision.
The Blues have not turned their back on the young starlet from Lewisham in South East England; this spell should authenticate the verdict of the pundits in British football.
Nurturing players such as Loftus-Cheek through consistent playtime and sound advice will go a long way to create the next David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard or Steve Gerrard. Great England footballers started from humble roots and many see Loftus-Cheek as a rising star in the making.