The player is looking earn a place in Maurizio Sarri’s first team
Roben Loftus-Cheek came through the ranks of Chelsea and made his senior debut for the club in 2014. The classy midfielder is held in high regard by those in west London.
The 22 year old couldn’t establish himself as a regular for the Blues at the path was blocked by big money signings. He just made 32 appearances for the club before joining Crystal Palace on a season long loan last summer in order to get more first team football.
Despite struggling with injuries, the midfielder was impressive with his performances for the Eagles, score two goals and assisted three in 24 appearances. He has shown what he is capable of when given regular game time, with senior international recognition coming his way with England
He has been selected in the World Cup squad and made a dream full debut in the 6-1 Group G thrashing of Panama on Sunday, which enhanced his reputation even further. He provided an assist to Harry Kane which secured his hat-trick.
England made it to the semi-finals but were defeated by Croatia. They also lost against Belgium in the third place face off and finished fourth in the tournament.
However, his future has been uncertain whether he is in the plans of new manager Maurizio Sarri and with the arrival of Jorginho he could fall further behind the pecking order. They already have N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko fighting for a place in the starting XI.
But Loftus-Cheek is focused on staying at the club and his aim to earn a place in Sarri’s first team for the upcoming season.
“At the moment, I am at Chelsea, my mind is on playing well here and improving here,” the England International said as quoted by Goal. “I will always do my best, whoever is the manager. I will play well for myself and improve myself.
“Whoever the manager is, it doesn’t change how I want to play. I will always do my best and that’s just my mindset to improve myself. However that comes across to the manager is what it is. I look to play well for myself first.
“I think that the young boys have been doing really well. I don’t think the young boys will be handed chances just like that, you have to do well in training, you have to keep pushing so we will do that and see where we get to this season.
“There is still a lot for me to work on, there’s a lot of room for improvement so I will carry on working and hopefully I can do well this season. I have been back for just four or five days now, it was tough but I needed that so onwards and upwards. Let’s keep working hard and getting fitter.”
“No, it’s not that difficult [to perform at the World Cup]. It’s the same, it’s still football,” he added. “Obviously it was a successful summer with the England team and it was a fantastic moment for the squad. We have got to come back to club football, put that behind us and concentrate on the Premier League.”
“All the games are three points so we take that as a must win, all the games are hard in the Premier League so we have to be on it.” Loftus-Cheek continued. “We go back on to the training pitch and work at tactics and try to master the way that the boss wants to play. So we go back to it and get ready for Huddersfield.”