Reports this week in the Evening Standard claimed Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be looking to move away from Stamford Bridge this summer on loan.
Crystal Palace is reportedly at the front of the queue to sign him, news which will be greeted by Palace supporters given Loftus-Cheek’s excellent 2017/18 season at Selhurst Park.
Yet to truly make a name for himself, Loftus-Cheek must take his career to the next level and complete a permanent move to Crystal Palace this summer.
After Loftus-Cheek’s impressive World Cup appearances, it is clear he is a top talent ready to play consistent first-team football at his parent club.
But Chelsea are currently mired in uncertainty, with rumours swirling about a potential new manager but with nothing confirmed.
The Englishman would do well to secure a permanent transfer with the Eagles, an upward-looking club where he has found his best form to date.
A second loan in a row would just stunt his progress another year, psychologically affecting the player by reminding him he is not good enough for Chelsea, even after proving himself on international football’s biggest stage.
At this stage of his career, Loftus-Cheek needs a permanent home – and he can find a perfect one at Palace.
With his long-term future secured in south London, Loftus-Cheek can lead the Eagles to previously unheard of heights. Why keep yourself at a club in disarray that has shown little interest in you, when you can head to Selhurst Park where you are truly celebrated for your talents?
Instead of a second consecutive short-term and short-sighted loan, Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to make up his mind this summer and finally leave behind his toxic Chelsea relationship for a move to Crystal Palace.