'The manager is starting to trust him': Rio Ferdinand says 26-year-old Chelsea player is getting better under Tuchel
Rio Ferdinand claims Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek is starting to perform better due to the trust installed in him from manager Thomas Tuchel.
Blues manager Tuchel has played Loftus-Cheek this season more than many expected, making 34 appearances across all competitions so far.
The 26-year-old’s a powerhouse box-to-box central midfielder, plus he’s shown versatility this campaign by slotting into a wing-back role on a few occasions. He even filled in at centre-back in the FA Cup, too.
It’s been great to see him back in the team at Stamford Bridge this year, something which seemed unlikely after a difficult loan with Fulham in the 2020/21 season.
Ferdinand has spoken highly of Loftus-Cheek by explaining he’s improving under Tuchel.
“He should be like Yaya [Toure],” Ferdinand said.
“I’ve seen him playing defence this season and he looks super comfortable. The manager is starting to trust him. You’re seeing a better Ruben Loftus-Cheek now because he can sense trust.
“I think he’s somebody that they need to find a defined role now in this team and let him go… He’s a top tier player.”
Chelsea career alive
Loftus-Cheek has started the last four consecutive Premier League games, so he really needs to press home this momentum.
Tuchel’s spoken very highly of the English midfielder at various part of the season, including his comments after the FA Cup semi-final win over Crystal Palace earlier this month.
However, nailing down a permanent spot in the starting line-up is the real challenge.
It’s been clear for years he’s got all the physical attributes to be a success at the highest level, but he just needs to piece it all together at the same time.
Hopefully, Tuchel’s the manager to help him achieve his maximum.