Highly rated Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is, according to The Times, considering a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge amid concerns at the lack of game time he is currently enjoying with the Blues.
The 19-year-old had been tipped for a breakthrough season with the Pensioners, having impressed coaches as part of the club’s development squad.
But Loftus-Cheek has so far managed just two Premier League appearances this term, with Chelsea enduring a nightmare start to their title defence under Jose Mourinho.
And with the England Under-21 international eager to gain more experience on the pitch, The Times is now reporting that the Blues prospect could look at the possibility of moving away from the club on loan come January.
Loftus-Cheek will not be short on suitors, with any number of Premier League and Championship clubs likely to be keen to forge a deal.
However, the report is keen to stress that any loan move away will be subject to the approval of Chelsea manager Mourinho.
The Blues boss was previously critical of the youngster’s performance against Aston Villa earlier this season, hitting out at the midfielder’s lack of tactical and defensive awareness in an interview with The Daily Mail.
“I think he [Loftus-Cheek] has to look to the intensity and the defensive tactical work that people like Ramires, (Cesc) Fabregas did and he [Loftus-Cheek] didn't,” he said.
Chelsea are next in action against fellow strugglers Norwich City, in a game that could see the 19-year-old feature.