Shearer tells Arsenal, Liverpool target Loftus-Cheek ‘to consider’ leaving Chelsea
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has claimed Ruben Loftus-Cheek will ‘really’ have to think about leaving Chelsea next summer.
Loftus-Cheek is regarded as one of the best young talents currently in the Premier League and is tipped to become a real goal-scoring midfielder if he gets the game time he needs to develop.
Loftus-Cheek decided to stay and fight for his Chelsea career rather than leave the club in the summer, and so far, it has not worked out for the Englishman.
England international Loftus-Cheek scored his fifth goal of the season as Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0 on Sunday. But he is yet to start a Premier League fixture under Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, playing back-up to the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley.
And Shearer, who is the Premier League’s top scorer, has told Loftus-Cheek he may have to seriously consider his future at Stamford Bridge.
‘Ruben will have a big decision to make at the end of the season,’ Shearer said in a column for The Sun.
‘He scored against Fulham – just like he did the last time he played in the Premier League against Burnley back in October.
‘But despite doing very well every time he does play, he is just not getting enough game time.
‘Loftus-Cheek had a good time on loan at Crystal Palace last season and then went to the World Cup with England.
‘I understood his decision to come back and give it a go at Chelsea because a new manager had taken over.
‘But he will have to wait and see if he plays more between now and the end of the season, otherwise, he will really have to consider his future in the summer.’
Should Loftus-Cheek leave Chelsea at the end of the season?
If the game time he receives at Chelsea does not improve in the coming months, then Shearer is right and Loftus-Cheek may need to try and find a career away from Stamford Bridge.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with a move for the midfielder, and are both managed by managers who give game time on merit, rather than preference.
So even though he believes he can be a Chelsea superstar in the future, a move to Liverpool or Arsenal would be more beneficial to his development, especially since he would get more Premier League action.