Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he is very happy with the progress of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The highly talented midfielder has apparently impressed the Italian over the last week and he could get his first team chance soon.
Sarri believes that Loftus-Cheek is well prepared in terms of physicality and technique but the player needs to improve tactically in order to play in his system.
The Chelsea boss also added that Loftus-Cheek will be an important player for the club going forward.
He said: “I can say I’m very happy with him, because in the last 10 days he has improved a lot. I’m really very happy with him. I think he will be important for sure. Starting in September, we will play every three days. He will be very important and very useful for us. I think so [he can push for a start]. It’s not easy to play here because there are 25 very good players, so it’s not easy to play in the starting line-up, but I think he will improve more. He has to improve, just in order to play my football. He has great qualities from a physical point of view, and technical point of view. I think he needs to improve from the tactical point of view, nothing else.”
The 22-year-old midfielder will be delighted to see that the new manager is open to giving him a chance. Loftus-Cheek was linked with a loan move this summer but he ended up staying.
However, he cannot afford to spend a season on the bench and therefore he must keep improving and then force his way into Sarri’s first team plans.
Chelsea have the likes of Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Drinkwater, and Barkley at their disposal and therefore it won’t be easy for Loftus-Cheek. But he certainly has the talent to develop into a valuable first team player for the Blues if he keeps working hard.