COMMENT By Will Butcher
Everton would get their Premier League campaign back on track with the signing of Chelsea ace Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
In quotes published by talkSPORT, Blues manager Antonio Conte hinted at allowing the 20-year-old playmaker to leave Stamford Bridge on loan in January.
“Ruben has great potential and it’s important for him to show it,” Conte said. “Now he is in our squad. This season he’s had a few injuries but now he is free. I’ll speak to the club and take the best decision for the player.”
With plenty of Premier League experience already under his belt, the England Under-21’s international could be the perfect signing for Ronald Koeman’s Toffees.
England international Ross Barkley has struggled for form this season, and has been dropped to Koeman’s bench in two of Everton’s last three matches.
With their number eight struggling to replicate the form that saw him break into his boyhood club’s first team, Loftus-Cheek could be the man to provide Everton’s creative spark in the number 10 role in the absence of an in-form Barkley.
Known for his outstanding ability to sail past opponents with his long stride, Loftus-Cheek can unlock an opponents defence with one flash of his right foot.
Winger Yannick Bolasie has been ruled out for the rest of the season after providing a large chunk of the Toffees’ creativity and Koeman is likely to enter the market to replace that.
Chelsea’s number 14 has made 17 top-flight appearances for the West London giants, scoring his first league goal against Aston Villa last term.
However, this season the Chelsea academy product has failed to feature as regularly as he did last season, making just three league and cup appearances and could now be allowed to leave.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have been installed as favourites to sign this Premier League stopper.