Crystal Palace have agreed a loan deal for young prospect Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea until the end of the season. The 22 year old is very highly thought of at Chelsea and has already made 32 appearances in all competitions for the Champions.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek had this to say about his move to Palace:
“Palace have a very strong team and I’d like to be a part of that this season,” said Loftus-Cheek.
“I live not too far away, I was born in Lewisham and Palace are a good club.”
Fantasy Premier League Potential
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be an excellent addition for Fantasy Premier League managers especially to sit on a bench. Struggling to make Chelsea’s starting XI, only making 6 substitute appearances in the league during the 2016/17 season, the move to Palace will be key for Loftus-Cheek’s development as he is likely to be starting for the club throughout the season.
As a centre midfielder he is an ‘all-rounder’, who can defend and attack. Noticeably his key attributes are his dribbling, passing and his ability to draw out a foul from the opposition. One attribute he has the potential to improve after more game time is his finishing, as he has only managed to score 1 goal (in the cup) last season for Chelsea.
Price wise, Loftus-Cheek is a real coup at 4.5m. It will be interesting to see if he plays in a deeper role or possibly a box-to-box midfielder. He may not score a lot of goals, but could certainly grab a few assists for Palace. De Boer has done an excellent piece of business and it will no doubt excite Palace fans as a new addition to their midfield. With competition coming from the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Luka Milivojevic and James Mcarthur, Loftus-Cheek should still make the starting XI in the Premier league more often than he did with Chelsea.
Crystal Palace’s opening fixtures are as follows: Huddersfield (H), Liverpool (A), Swansea (H), Burnley (A) and Southampton (H).
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Written by James Milburn (@jamesmilburn95)