>
My tribe
As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Hoddle fears Chelsea management blowing Loftus-Cheek career

Chelsea hero Glenn Hoddle has concerns over the management of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Hoddle wrote for theMail on Sunday: "Chelsea fans often tell me what a talent Ruben Loftus-Cheek is. And it is true that he looks a fine player. But we don't really know much more about him than when he made his debut at 18.

"He has made 22 appearances for Chelsea but just 10 of those were starts. That's not nearly enough for us to judge him and not enough to help him develop as a player.

"If he had played for two full seasons at another club, or at least started 60 games in the past two years, we would know more.

"If he had done that he might even be knocking on the door of the England squad. Maybe he could be the real deal for England.

"Right now he had only played one game for Antonio Conte and that was in the EFL Cup. He'll be 21 in January and in a three-year period in which he could have played 80 or 90 games, he will be lucky to get to 20 starts.

"By the time I was 21, in 1978, I had played 104 times for Tottenham in the top division and 102 of those appearances were in the starting XI."

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?