Chelsea’s 19 year old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek did not feature much in the games during Jose Mourinho’s reign at Chelsea.
However, things seem to have turned around for Loftus-Cheek with the departure of Mourinho and the new manager taking over the in charge of the team. Guus Hiddink who has replaced Mourinho on a temporary basis believes that the player can feature in the team on a more prominent basis and has tipped the player about the same.
According to Hiddink, Cheek can fight for a first team spot regularly after helping Chelsea into the fourth round of the FA cup.
“It’s not said by the club but it’s automatically a consequence, that you start using the youngsters under condition that they must learn,” says Hiddink.
“We’ll see in the upcoming time we go into now in the Premier League, and while fourth place is still possible it also gives an option for younger players that they can come in more easily.
“It’s normal if you have the academy with a lot of investment they must keep up to the level of what’s demanded in the Premier League.
“If you see two or three players coming in and then playing I think that’s one of the objectives of the club as well.”
“Ruben came in and he had a beautiful goal, not just in the execution but the way he prepared himself, and that was good to see,” said Hiddink.
“He can play on either side, but it depends how you play.
“He can also play when you play two controlling midfield players and one high on the midfield, he can play up there.
“But it’s important he also has a hard-working role.
“And if you play number 10 it’s a role where you can maybe get away without so much hard work, but that’s not what we want.”
The Blues coach states that although it is not mentioned anywhere or by anyone but often young players are given more chances to play so that they can learn more and experience more of the match first hand.