Tony Cascarino has claimed that he wants to see Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek elevate his game by scoring and assisting more.
Loftus-Cheek, 25, has surprised plenty by forcing his way back into the first team at Stamford Bridge this season.
The £60,000-a-week box-to-box midfielder is part of the Blues group after an underwhelming loan at London rivals Fulham during the previous campaign.
Cascarino has picked out Loftus-Cheek’s attacking contributions as a key part of his game he must improve, though.
In fairness, the English powerhouse has three assists in his 13 appearances this season. However, he’s yet to get on the scoresheet.
“Ruben Loftus-Cheek is starting to look a good player for them but my main concern for him is that he needs to start adding assists and goals. He does a lot right, and looks in control, but he’s at an age, 25, where the statistics have to back that up,” Cascarino said.
Loftus-Cheek can fulfil Chelsea potential
Chelsea’s academy has been widely praised in recent years for the amount of players to come out of the youth system into the senior squad. The likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James started out at Cobham.
However, Loftus-Cheek was the one academy graduate from the modern crop to get the ball rolling.
He’s been a fan favourite since an introduction to the first team several years ago and he’s now only five games short of 100 senior appearances.
Cascarino’s criticism of Loftus-Cheek is a fair one.
He ended the 2018/19 season when Maurizio Sarri was Chelsea boss with 10 goals and five assists from midfield.
There is so much he can give on the pitch as an offensive threat with his power, directness and quality dribbling.
Blues coach Thomas Tuchel has recently spoken about how much potential Loftus-Cheek has, so it’s up to the player now to justify the manager’s claims.
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