Crystal Palace’s 5-0 drubbing of Leicester City was punctuated by a lovely composed finish by Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his first goal since returning from a three-month injury layoff in March.
The 22-year-old English midfielder produced a stunning overall performance against the Foxes, pulling the strings in the engine room en route to Palace’s biggest ever Premier League victory.
Palace’s scintillating performance, aided by the loanee, shows that Loftus-Cheek must make a permanent switch to Selhurst Park this summer.
The English midfielder was at the heart of every flowing passing move on the weekend, contributing deft touches, neat passes, and delectable nutmegs along the way.
It was a further example of how important Loftus-Cheek is to the Palace team.
Since returning from an ankle injury on 17 March against Huddersfield, Loftus-Cheek has started four matches for the Eagles.
When the central midfielder has been selected in the starting XI, Palace are unbeaten; winning two and drawing two, while scoring ten goals and conceding just four.
It is clear that the Chelsea loanee has finally fulfilled his sky-high potential while at Selhurst Park. In order to continue his recent form, Loftus-Cheek must sign a long-term deal for Crystal Palace.
A return to Stamford Bridge would certainly mean prolonged periods sitting on the bench during big matches, broken up by bit-part cameo roles during meaningless cup competitions.
The lack of playing time the midfielder would experience at Chelsea will only dent his progression as a player and damage his confidence.
At Palace, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has thrived; while at Chelsea, he has been ignored. The best move for the young Englishman’s promising career would be to sign for the Eagles and shine in SE25.