Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a name that has been constantly murmured around Stamford Bridge this season, as Chelsea fans have hugely missed his presence in the team.
The 24-year-old has not played a single senior minute this campaign due to an Achilles problem and he’s had to watch the start of Frank Lampard’s reign as manager from the stands.
But some positive news is that the central midfielder played his first game of the season in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford B on Tuesday.
There is no timescale on the central midfielder’s official return to the first-team, but he certainly appears to be edging closer and that’s great news for the team.
Chelsea have missed his goalscoring threat from the midfield, as he managed 10 goals in all competitions last season and is a real handful when he drives forward.
The England international is so agile despite having a big physical frame and is going to inject some extra quality that is needed right now in Lampard’s XI, as they need more goals in their team.
One player that Loftus-Cheek could really help improve is teammate Mason Mount, who is another that has come through the club’s academy system like him.
There is a good chance that the pair may be fighting over one role in the side as the attacking midfielder, but the competition should be excellent between them and they should help each other out.
Mount has only just turned 21 and is looking to make a similar impression around the first-team to Loftus-Cheek, who is a major fan favourite and has been sorely missed.
Mount should be picking his brain at every opportunity in terms of the physical side of his game and both players should improve in the long run.