David James is right about this potential PL superstar, he should now seek Newcastle transfer
COMMENT By Matt Farr
The Premier League’s elite sides are notorious for wasting the talents of some of the Premier League’s brightest emerging talents.
Given the sheer size of their squads, it can often be difficult for academy products and other youngsters to break into the first-team squad.
In any event, it is often better for them to be loaned to other clubs, but it can also be beneficial for them to integrate with the first team squad.
Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek has fallen prey to the latter. The 21-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Championship leaders Newcastle in the January transfer window, but Chelsea opted against the switch.
Antonio Conte had hoped that Loftus-Cheek could have a role to play in his first team squad over the remainder of the season, but given he has seen just 23 minutes of Premier League action this term, that was a catastrophic error..
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Former Premier League goalkeeper David James has been closely monitoring Loftus-Cheek’s situation, and does not understand why he was not allowed to leave the club on loan.
He’s right. Even though James suggests that a move to the Championship would not have been ideal, he still would likely have seen more regular action had he quit Stamford Bridge.
Speaking on BT Sport, James insisted that the midfielder could have done a decent job for a low-end Premier League side like Sunderland or Burnley.
But if Newcastle get promoted to the top tier for next season, Benitez’s men would be the perfect choice for the potential Premier League superstar.
Although the Magpies will be looking for experienced players, Loftus-Cheek can offer his own qualities.
Newcastle need more quality in the heart of the midfield, and the Chelsea loanee has shown time and time again for the England for England’s youth sides, and for Chelsea’s reserves, that he has the talent. It is now about the trust.
A powerhouse midfielder, he has the ability to dominate the central area. Jonjo Shelvey has been fantastic in a similar role this season, but Newcastle will need to rely on more than just Shelvey to succeed alongside the big boys.
He can drive forward from a deeper role, but he is also growing as a holding midfielder. There is still much for him to learn, however, although starving him of first team opportunities is not the way to go about it.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are set to offer new contracts to this senior duo ahead of their potential Premier League return.