Frank Lampard challenges Ruben Loftus-Cheek to keep fit on loan at Fulham
“If he can get back to where he was and more, he will come back as our player for sure”: Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a future at Chelsea, insists Frank Lampard with the manager satisfied with the form of the midfielder on loan to Fulham
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s form at Fulham has been mixed since his loan transfer
- Frank Lampard is pleased with Loftus-Cheek’s progress at Craven Cottage
- Chelsea manager challenged the 24-year-old to maintain his level
- Loftus-Cheek impressed for Chelsea before suffering long-term injury
- Ruptured Achilles tendon meant he hadn’t played a match for 13 months
Frank Lampard challenged Ruben Loftus-Cheek to continue performing on loan at Fulham.
Loftus-Cheek was loaned out to Chelsea’s West London neighbors on a one-season deal in October but received mixed reviews as he continues to regain the impressive form he has shown under Lampard’s predecessor, Maurizio Sarri, before breaking his left Achilles tendon. in May 2019 against New England Revolution.
The injury, combined with the stoppage of football caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, meant the 24-year-old no longer played for the Blues until June of last year, when he played for 55 minutes against Aston Villa before being substituted. by Ross Barkley.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed against Tottenham after mixed start to life at Craven Cottage
Frank Lampard was challenged by what he saw from Loftus-Cheek recently in Fulham
Lampard and Loftus-Cheek both felt the midfielder needed to go elsewhere this season to fully recover and the England international made 13 appearances for Scott Parker’s men.
Although Loftus-Cheek has yet to hit his stride, Lampard is encouraged by his player’s progress and is in no mood to sell him.
“The conversations I had with Ruben earlier in the season were that he wasn’t feeling as sharp as he wanted due to a very serious injury,” the Chelsea boss said ahead of the derby. West London Saturday at Craven Cottage.
“He felt he needed games and maybe he could get regular games elsewhere. Seeing him play recently, I see him fit, fresh and strong. We know he’s an obvious talent so it’s great. If he can keep that hope throughout the season, and if he can get back to where he was and more, then I’ll be very happy and he will come back as a player for sure.
Loftus-Cheek impressed many under Maurizio Sarri before he ruptured his left Achilles tendon
The 24-year-old returned to Chelsea against Aston Villa last June before being loaned out
Loftus-Cheek, who is not eligible for the game against his parent club on Saturday and whose only goal for Fulham so far has come in the team’s 3-2 loss to Everton, arguably achieved his Best performance for the Cottagers against Tottenham on Wednesday, nearly scoring with a spectacular acrobatic volley as Parker’s side drew 1-1 with Jose Mourinho’s top-flight outfit.
Of that performance against Spurs, Lampard said: “I thought he played well and I was really happy to see him because when Ruben got in shape and was with us I had the felt like we missed him last year.
“And when Ruben got in shape I was excited because I know the attributes he has and I wanted those attributes at the club.”