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Frank Lampard has a difficult decision over Ruben Loftus-Cheek's Chelsea future

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Chelsea got off to a winning start against Brighton and Hove Albion to begin their 2020/21 Premier League campaign with three points, but several of the Blues players were rather unconvincing during the 3-1 victory.

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek came in for criticism from Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher following the performance in which the England international looked lethargic and lacking match sharpness.

He scored six times in 24 Premier League outings for Chelsea before cruelly rupturing his Achilles tendon in a USA-based charity game ahead of the Europa League final at the end of the season.

The club, and Loftus-Cheek himself, have a decision to make with just under a month of the window remaining.

It will likely hinge on how the player sees his role panning out over the course of 2020/21, either as a regular midfield option, or as a back-up featuring in Carabao Cup, FA Cup and European fixtures every couple of weeks.

Without a transfer, or even a season-long loan, Loftus-Cheek runs the risk of becoming tarnished as an ailing and stalling footballer, one who failed to live up to his potential and could not manage to stay fit.

Playing for Chelsea as nothing more than a rotational option when first-choice players are unavailable is unlikely to do him any favours, unable to build momentum with a regular slot in the side.
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