Fulham manager Scott Parker recently snubbed Ruben Loftus-Cheek by leaving him on the bench in the Premier League – and some Chelsea fans gave a worried response on Twitter.
Loftus-Cheek is a highly-rated talent to come out of the Blues academy, but he’s been plagued by injuries in his career and he was sent on a season-long loan this year to Craven Cottage to try help him get back on track.
The 24-year-old had previously started back-to-back league games for Fulham following his loan arrival, but on Monday night he was an unused substitute in a 2-0 victory over West Brom.
He is an all-action attacking midfielder that is mainly used in areas up the pitch right now, but he’s fallen a long way from the player that was part of England’s World Cup squad in 2018.
A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media are suggesting it’s a long road back for him to break back into Frank Lampard’s side, as it’s telling that he can’t nail down a starting position for a Fulham team likely to be fighting relegation in the Premier League this season.
But Fulham boss Scott Parker has given assurances that Loftus-Cheek’s absence doesn’t mean he won’t be vital moving froward.
“Ruben had been out for a long time, came into the club late and has played two games,” Parker said, as quoted by West London Sport.
“Ruben will have a lot of game time this year and he’ll bring his quality and will have a lot to offer. He’ll help us moving forward, no doubt. He didn’t start this one but he’ll have a big part to play.”
Here are some Blues fans discussing Loftus-Cheek:
Loftus-cheek’s career at Chelsea is long gone if he can’t get into this Fulham team 😭
— Jack Parrish (@Jack_Parrish7) November 2, 2020
Loftus-Cheek dropped and all of a sudden Fulham start banging them in 😭@Shaquillejt
— Chad #HålandToChels2021 (@fatpard) November 2, 2020
Loftus-Cheek now not even getting sub appearances for Fulham?? 😓 and they have their first win and its without him.
— Vishnu Raj (@iamVishnuRaj) November 2, 2020
Loftus Cheek can't get into this Fulham team , wow
— Jabar (@jabarzee) November 2, 2020
It's beyond me
— Time Bomb🤪🤯 (@Farukuuuu) November 2, 2020
Hmmm, #CFC Ruben Loftus-Cheek cannot make it even as a sub for Fulham? A bit troubling. Continue to work hard, brother.
— JB Fonkenmun (@JFonkenmun) November 2, 2020
Sad but telling that Loftus-Cheek is not an automatic pick in a struggling Fulham team (though good win for them tonight)#CFC
— Paul Canon Harris (@PaulCanonHarris) November 2, 2020