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Tobey Gibson

14. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Started by Tobey Gibson,

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I never thought about it but it actually makes sense.

RLC is not sufficiently proactive and his technic is not good enough for him to be an attacking-minded midfielders ; he is too passive and does not seem to possess defensive capabilities of interest (i.e. in terms of technic and his tactical nous). In other words, he does not have any future as a midfielder at the highest level and in consequence turning him into a striker seems to be a good opportunity for him — and more importantly for us — to make it at Chelsea.

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Could work. I have already written off as a midfielder in Chelsea colours tbh. Lacks the tactical nous, which is crucial as you need it to make an impact on matches. And his technique and vision is nothing to write home about so there's nothing to lean on.

But as a striker his technique would be very solid. He also has a bit of pace in him and he has the body to use in physical duels. Question is whether he possesses the two essential attributes of a striker which is movement&timing (as they go hand in hand) and the killer instinct.

I like the experimenting from Conte. We have something in common. But you have to wonder how serious this is though. He's only playing there because options are currently thin. Guess we'll see.

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I'm afraid I kinda agree with most thats written here.

I hope Conte can make him into a player that will benifit us but  I've not seen it in him yet. He never seems comfortable on the ball and never in control.

He looks akward,slow and as Ive said before like a gangly giraffe. 3 managers now haven't been able to break thru to him.

It would be perfect for us if he managed to turn things round, make him into a world class player. But I think the only way thats possible is by regular paying time. Maybe being on loan would do it. Maybe hes believing his own hype right now and feeling too comfortable and pampered?

Ruben Loftus-Cheek struggles to find his way as a Chelsea forward

 

http://theprideoflondon.com/2016/07/28/ruben-loftus-cheek-struggles-to-find-his-way-as-a-chelsea-forward/

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2 hours ago, kellzfresh said:

The RLC experiment so far

Was just coming in here to say the exact same thing...

my days, RLC has been invisible as ST. There's been No service, he hardly gets on the ball, and was generally just lost. 

You win some you lose some, but Conte has gotten this one horribly wrong so far. 

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Have no idea what Conte is trying to do/prove in our last few games. He's not a CF and never will be.


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Was invisible as a forward. Definitely should be a Centre Mid in the mould of Ballack/Lampard surging late into the box.

 

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This might seem like a kneejerk based on his performances as a striker this preseason but i've actually wanted to say this about RLC for a while now.

I just don't see anything special about him. I don't see what he brings to the team. He just doesn't seem to have any stand out qualities and his workrate is average at best.

Apart from being tall, strong for his age and having solid technique what exactly does he have that makes people think he's gonna make it here ? Being English ? Being from the academy ?

 

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If RLC wasn't an academy player, he'd be getting a lot of "sell him or loan him" stick. Other than being big in stature what does he excel really well at to argue giving him a spot in the starting eleven? He can't even beat out Matic or Oscar who  both STILL look like shit. The striker experiment didn't pan out, what next, compete with Terry and Cahill? The club market him as the jewel of the academy and frankly he doesn't deserve any of it tbh and I think the club is afraid to loan him out after all the hype for fear of egg on their faces. He's gonna rot on that bench and get loaned out in January is my prediction. 

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On 7/31/2016 at 0:27 PM, CHOULO19 said:

Here's the thing:

RLC has been marketed for about a year now as the prize jewel of our academy. He's in every single photo shoot, fans event, PR stunt...etc. He was 'chosen' to end the "since John Terry" line that everyone uses. 

The problem is, this was under Jose, and now he does not fit ANYWHERE in Conte's 4-4-2. THIS is exactly what I and many others mean when we talk about the importance of some sort of managerial stability for youth integration.

Now, for me, keeping him here while we insist on play this system, is only going to hurt him. A loan is needed for him, maybe even selling with a buy-back clause. But I know that that won't happen because the board has A LOT riding on his success here.

So instead, he's most likely going to stay here, get next to no minutes, get loaned out mid-season to some PL club who don't need him, before he starts being loaned out to championship clubs while his value rapidly falls until we sell him for next to nothing. 

Perfecto!!! 

To his defense, guess he was just at the right place ... at the right time :) (just hope he makes use of this opportunity) 

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Jeez a few poor pre season games and people want the kid hung.

Not a striker and formation does not suit him, but if good enough he will find his way in/force Conte to change formation, he's got a lot of potential and showed that for England u21s but does need to step up in a blue shirt

Previous post is right about the marketing team doing him no favours with all the pressure/exposure 

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He's got potential but he'll need to become a decent goalscorer. He's def not cut for a box to box role, at least not one where you can rely on him defensively. He's going to have to model his game around Yaya Toure.

Obv can't expect him to become that good but he'll have to get somewhat close to Toure if he expects to carve out a role at Chelsea.

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23 hours ago, Billy. said:

Apparently he has been given the number 14 shirt 

No it's not apparently, it's official. Anouncement on TOCWS and everything.

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