Report: PL club could make late move to sign 'unstoppable' Chelsea player, he's not started for well over a month

Everton are reportedly keen on luring Ruben Loftus-Cheek away from Chelsea this month.

According to the Daily Mail, the Toffees want to add the midfielder to their sweet jar, which tastes pretty sour right now.

Everton urgently require reinforcements in the centre of the park, thanks to Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph’s respective injury layoffs.

The Goodison Park powers seemingly have their eyes on a player whose own injury record doesn’t exactly fill the mind with confidence.

Loftus-Cheek looking for lift off

Loftus-Cheek’s career hasn’t truly taken off the ground as many expected it to because of his regular trips to the treatment table.

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Arguably, the last joyous campaign he enjoyed was under Maurizio Sarri in 2018/19.

He scored a hat-trick against BATE in the Europa League, causing Owen Hargreaves to call him ‘unstoppable’.

However, even that term ended in turmoil thanks to an Achilles tendon rupture.

After starting the current season slowly, it seemed the 26-year-old had finally put all those troubles behind him following a consistent run in the side.

Between the end of September and the middle of December, he featured in all of Chelsea’s Premier League games.

He also played three times in the Champions League and once in the Carabao Cup.

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However, the Englishman’s past sadly managed to catch up with him.

Ruben rocked again

Before the Wolverhampton Wanderers match last month, Tuchel confirmed Loftus-Cheek had picked up a minor knock.

This seemingly small blow expanded to an even bigger problem, after it was revealed the player would have to isolate after testing positive for covid.

Due to this double sucker punch, the Cobham academy graduate hasn’t started a fixture for 44 days.

Ironically, his last start actually came against Everton, the 1-1 league draw at Stamford Bridge.

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Since then, he’s only gained a handful of minutes in the two domestic cup competitions.

As Chelsea are unlikely to make any new signings before the deadline, Tuchel probably won’t want to relinquish a valuable member of his support cast.

But the market is a mazy business, so keep an eye out for Loftus-Cheek’s movements.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.