With Kovacic confirmed, does Loftus-Cheek need to push for a loan move? - The Chelsea Chronicle

With Kovacic confirmed, does Loftus-Cheek need to push for a loan move?

As confirmed by Chelsea’s official Twitter account on Wednesday evening, Mateo Kovacic will join on a season-long loan from Real Madrid. So what now for Ruben Loftus-Cheek?

It’s been a whirlwind few days for the Blues. Thibaut Courtois failed to turn up for training as he tried to force a move to the Spanish giants.

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 01: Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at the Bernabeu on May 1, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

His behaviour prompted the club to shell out a whopping £71.6 million on Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (via the Sun), which has opened the door for the Belgian to complete his move back to Madrid.

Real Coup

As part of the Courtois deal, Kovacic will be coming to Stamford Bridge for the 2018/19 season; it’s a real coup by the club given the player’s quality and versatility.

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 07: Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid in action during a training session at Valdebebas training ground on April 7, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

One has to imagine the talented Croatia international will become a regular starter under Maurizio Sarri; that should be setting alarm bells ringing for Loftus-Cheek.

There’s a lot of competition in the midfield areas at the moment; N’Golo Kante, new signings Jorginho and Kovacic, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko are all in the mix, although the latter could yet make a deadline day loan move to AC Milan as reported by the Sun.

Loftus-Cheek can also play on the right, but the club appears to have successfully kept hold of Willian. That means there’s little chance of him starting there; especially with Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi also options for Sarri.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea in action during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Olympique Lyonnais at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

A lot of Chelsea fans had been hoping to see more of Loftus-Cheek in blue this season. However, it’s difficult to see where he fits in besides warming the bench; that’s not what he deserves or his development needs. It could be in his best interests to push for a deadline day loan move.

Tom is a sports journalist who has been with GRV Media since the summer of 2018, having previously worked for 90min. He has worked on the company's two major football websites HITC Football and TBR Football, as well as club sites such as Geordie Boot Boys, Arsenal Insider, and Rangers News. Currently, he is the lead writer on Molineux News and has covered the club for over two years, establishing the site as the go-to for supporters wanting the latest news and opinions on all things Wolves. When not writing about and watching football, he's probably playing it... He's also a big cinephile, gym-goer, and night out enthusiast.