'He's back, class': Some Chelsea fans loving statistic they've read about Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek had Chelsea supporters on social media purring with delight again after they fell across a decent piece of data concerning their academy graduate.
According to WhoScored.com, Loftus-Cheek has already averaged more successful dribbles per 90 minutes than any other central midfielder (4.6) in the Premier League this term.
Admittedly, the sample is not totally representative of the whole division.
The 25-year-old’s has only racked up 97 minutes of action this season, having started his first of the season on Saturday against Southampton.
A substitute appearance at home to Manchester City makes up the rest of the total.
Other than that, Loftus-Cheek has been a bystander on the bench.
But evidently, whenever the Englishman is on the pitch, he knows how to beat an opponent.
This statistic surfaced by WhoScored.com ensured Chelsea fans entered into the international break with an even bigger smile on their faces.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
Room for Ruben’s improvement
Those associated with Stamford Bridge will be fully aware of Loftus-Cheek’s close control abilities.
Despite standing at 1.93 metres, the midfielder has a grace that disputes his large frame.
He often glides across the surface, leaving rivals behind in a path of destruction.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t always been a killer passer or decisive shot at the end of these mazy runs.
Loftus-Cheek was awarded the assist for Trevoh Chalobah’s goal at the weekend, which is his first for the club since July 2020.
His last goal of any kind arrived in a Fulham shirt, 11 months ago.
Can Thomas Tuchel cast a magic spell over another player previously assumed to be out in the cold?
The early signs are certainly looking that way.