Following the end of the 2020/21 campaign, several loan players have headed back to the bridge after the expiration of their loan deals including Michy Batshuayi, Danny Drinkwater, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Malang Sarr and several other players.
Some players however are expected to head back on loan or secure a permanent move away from the bridge while some are uncertain about what the future holds for them at the club (Chelsea).
Ruben Loftus Cheek happens to be one of the calibres who is yet to know what the future holds for them at Chelsea, having spent the 2020/21 season on loan at their respective clubs.
Ruben Loftus Cheek broke into Chelsea’s first team under Maurizio Sarri, but his fantastic run of form came to an end when he sustained an Achilles injury against New England Revolution, on the 16th of May in a friendly game prior to Chelsea’s trip to Baku, to face London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final.
Loftus Cheek made his return from injury against Aston Villa on the 21st of June 2020, following the resumption of the Premier League after coronavirus lockdown.
However, he has been a shadow of his former self ever since he returned which led to him being loaned out to Fulham to regain fitness.
Following the end of his loan spell at Fulham, the England international has featured heavily in Chelsea’s preseason games with the most recent one being against Arsenal.
Fans and pundits alike had mixed feelings about Cheek’s performance against Arsenal as some claimed he was decent with others believing he is still far from convincing.
Tuchel however has given his verdict on Ruben Loftus Cheek’s dilemma at Chelsea.
“Generally, I am happy and that’s why he plays, he deserves to play at this point of the preparation,”
“But I think he can do even more, he can show up more. He can show more physical capability and drive more with the ball. I’m never satisfied with him, I have the feeling we need to push him to the absolute limit.”
“It’s too early to judge Ruben. He has everything in his hands and it’s on him to decide his own future like every player. He has to keep on going 150% because 100% is not enough.”