06 October 2020 18:38
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is desperate to get back to his best after joining Fulham on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The midfielder, who completed the move late last night, has struggled to get back into Frank Lampard's side following his long lay-off after an Achilles injury. He is in need of consistent game time to win a place in Gareth Southgate's England plans for the Euros next summer. The 24-year-old was one of three deadline day signings for Scott Parker's side, with two centre-backs arriving as Scott Parker looks to plug holes in his defence. Joachim Andersen arrived on loan from Lyon while Tosin Adarabioyo made a permanent move from Manchester City for an initial fee of £1.5million, signing a three year deal.
Speaking after his short move down the Fulham Road, Loftus-Cheek said: "I'm really happy to come 'next door,' if you will. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has posted a message on Instagram following his move from Chelsea to Fulham on a season-long loan. The Blues confirmed on Monday's deadline day that the 24-year-old has joined Premier League and London rivals Fulham for the 2019/20 campaign. Despite starting the opening day of the Premier League season, the central midfielder has slipped down the Chelsea pecking order under boss Frank Lampard and as a result has departed Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis. Ross Barkley recently completed his loan move to Aston Villa, with Loftus-Cheek now following him through the exit doors in search of regular first-team minutes.
The 24-year-old completed a season-long loan deal with Chelsea's fellow west London club on transfer deadline day. It has been a tough 18 months for the England international, who suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon in May 2019. He didn't make a return to first team action until June this year with set-backs in his recovery, and has made just ten competitive appearances since then. Loftus-Cheek started Chelsea's opening Premier League game at Brighton, however looked way below his best and hasn't featured in another match. Fulham have made a difficult start to their campaign, with four defeats in their opening four matches.
Having worked with Hudson-Odoi during his season as an assistant coach at Chelsea in 2018/19, the Italian sees huge potential in the 19-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract with the Blues in 2019. 'When you are talking about a young player you are talking about how good he is and how good he can become and certainly Callum is one of those players who has huge potential,' said Zola to Sky Sports. 'It will be down to him to keep working and improving but in my opinion, he has a bright future ahead of him because he has qualities not many players have. 'Now it is down to him to use those qualities in the best way. You don't have to just work on your game, you have to work on yourself. Ruben looks to get back to his best at Fulham Ruben Loftus-Cheek has told Fulham's official website he is keen to rediscover his best form with our west London neighbours after completing his transfer-deadline loan move. Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has joined Fulham on a loan deal which will keep him at Craven Cottage for the duration of the 2020/21 season. The 24-year-old had recently struggled to find consistent playing time at Stamford Bridge after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the England international's return from an Achilles tendon injury. Loftus-Cheek was previously linked with Aston Villa and Southampton, but he said he was excited to try and get back to his "best football" with Fulham. He said: "I'm really happy to come 'next door,' if you will! "I watched Fulham at the start of the season and they looked like they're playing decent football. "With this manager, I think I can get back to my best football. That's the main thing for me, to find my form and help this team win games." Fulham owner Tony Khan added: "I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Fulham Football Club on loan from Chelsea FC. "Ruben is a world-class player in the prime of his career, he has earned great experience in the Premier League, and we believe he will be so valuable to our club in our fight ahead of us. Come on Fulham!"