Who is Ruben Loftus-Cheek?
Ruben Ira Loftus-Cheek is an English professional football player who plays as a midfielder for the Premier League outfit Chelsea and the England national team.
Loftus-Cheek joined the Blues at the age of eight. He impressed at the beginning of the 2011–12 term before picking up a hip injury, from which the star recovered by the end of the campaign to make a substitute appearance in the FA Youth Cup final in 2012.
In the 2012–13 season, Ruben made 18 appearances for the U-18 side and nine appearances for the U-21 roster.
In 2013–14, Loftus-Cheek helped his team win the FA Youth Cup and was a regular for the Under-21s as they won the U21 Premier League.
Loftus-Cheek made his senior debut for Chelsea on 10 December 2014, replacing fellow midfielder Cesc Fabregas for the final 7 minutes of a UCL group match against Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge.
On 29 February 2016, Ruben signed a new five-year contract after impressing when given the chance in the senior team. The next year, he joined fellow PL club Crystal Palace on a one-year loan deal.
Following some stunning form, Ruben was rewarded with a senior call-up by boss Gareth Southgate to the England squad for their fixtures versus Germany and Brazil in November 2017.
On 6 July 2019, Loftus-Cheek agreed on a new five-year deal with Chelsea, running until 2024. The following year, Loftus-Cheek was loaned to Fulham for the remainder of the campaign.
What can be said about his international career?
He received his first call-up to his nation’s senior squad in November 2017.
Following Ruben’s first senior call-up, the midfielder went onto make his England debut during the country’s friendly fixture against Germany.
He featured for the full match, winning man of the match after a brilliant performance in the 0–0 draw.
How can we describe Kepa Arrizabalaga?
He is a strong, powerful and tall midfielder. In the mould of Patrick Viera or Yaya Toure, Ruben has the ability to dominate the central zone.
Although Ruben can play further up the field, his best position is as a defensive midfielder. The Englishman is very good at picking the ball up from the defence and driving forward.
Although a naturally right-footed midfielder, he is quite content using his left and is surprisingly impressive with the ball at his feet.
Ruben also possesses good speed for his height, and combined with his potential strength, the star could prove too much for opposing midfielders.