For Chelsea player Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he’s had a rollercoaster 12 months in his footballing career.
Loftus-Cheek joined London rivals Fulham exactly one year ago today, on October 5th, 2020.
The Blues academy graduate signed for then-Premier League side Fulham on a season-long loan, but was part of the squad that were ultimately relegated from the top division.
Loftus-Cheek struggled with year at Fulham
Overall, it was an underwhelming loan for Loftus-Cheek.
Firstly, the box-to-box midfielder scored just one goal in 32 Fulham appearances. This was a real disappointment given a lot of his minutes were spent further up the pitch.
In addition, he failed to show the kind of power and drive on the ball that made him a first-team regular in the past at Stamford Bridge.
A year playing regularly in the Premier League was meant to get him back to his best after a long-term injury, but the loan fizzled out in the end.
Despite showing a few signs of his ability, he didn’t quite live up to the expectation of Fulham fans. It’s been frustrating for Chelsea supporters to watch him dip far from the level he’s capable of.
Loftus-Cheek in unlikely position at Chelsea
Loftus-Cheek was linked with a loan to Southampton in the summer window, but to the surprise of many he’s remained with Thomas Tuchel’s senior squad this season.
It looked unlikely that the midfield powerhouse would be in the position of a first-team player this campaign, especially after falling short of some exceptions during his loan.
However, he’s gone full circle in a year to now be back in Chelsea contention.
It’s a huge ask to become a regular again, but it feels like he’s got another shot now that Tuchel is at the helm.
He excelled starting as a central midfielder in the team’s 3-1 win against Southampton on Saturday, so now has got something to build on to try recapture his very best.
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