Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reportedly said some encouraging words to Ruben Loftus-Cheek early into pre-season – and some Blues fans on Twitter love what they are hearing.
Loftus-Cheek, 25, ended up staying with the squad in the summer, despite an underwhelming loan at Fulham during the last campaign.
The central midfielder has made five appearances across all competitions this season, so it seems he’s now properly back in first-team contention.
A Chelsea insider speaking to The Athletic has revealed a message Tuchel gave to Loftus-Cheek in the summer.
“Ruben walked across and Tuchel said something along the lines of, ‘You are special. I cannot believe you haven’t played more for Chelsea,’ said the Stamford Bridge informant.
Loftus-Cheek has another lifeline under Tuchel
For years, Chelsea fans have been willing for Loftus-Cheek to become a mainstay in their starting XI.
His stellar 2018/19 campaign in the Blues side feels an age ago and he’s never really rediscovered his best since a long-term injury.
Most expected another loan for the academy graduate this season, but Tuchel has given him a shot.
He’s got a huge job on his hands to play regularly. However, he’s looking confident and somewhere back to near his best on the pitch this season.
Loftus-Cheek brings something different to Chelsea midfield
If you were to nitpick Chelsea’s world-class midfield, you could argue they are missing goals from the centre of the park.
Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are a Blues trio that are all amazing options in midfield.
Loftus-Cheek is someone, though, capable of bringing a more goalscoring and creative threat with his ability to make box-to-box runs.
Here are some Blues fans discussing Tuchel’s reported conversation with Loftus-Cheek:
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