A hang of a doubt appears to have been cast on Roben Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea career at Stamford Bridge.
One game he’s up and about, and the next he’s found sitting on the bench.
Earlier this season, talks floated about his imminent move away from Stamford Bridge to a lower league team.
It was understood Loftus-Cheek would not budge to any pressure demanding he left Stamford Bridge and seek for regular game elsewhere.
The youngster was determined to stamp his mark in Sarri’s squad. Though he’s has featured for Chelsea, coming off the bench and recently started in the Blues Europa Cup win against Vidi, that saw them climb to the top of the standings, it is unlikely he will be given any opportunity to come on for Chelsea in the marathon of matches after the international break.
Maurizio Sarri left the England midfielder out of his match-day squad against Southampton, the Blues romping to a 3-0, courtesy of goals from Hazard, Ross Barkley and Álvaro Morata–his second goal for Chelsea this season.
Worrying eyebrows have been raised, but Sarri has defended why Loftus-Cheek was left out. According to Sarri, Loftus-Cheek needs more training.
No, not [injured] at the moment. I preferred for him after 70 minutes in the last match for the first time in the season, I preferred for him to have training.
As cited on football london, the manager said, on why he left the midfielder out, “No, not [injured] at the moment. I preferred for him after 70 minutes in the last match for the first time in the season, I preferred for him to have training.”