It didn't pass Chelsea fans by that, just a few hours before Tiemoue Bakayoko’s led-footed performance against Liverpool at Anfield, Ruben Loftus-Cheek delivered another midfield masterclass to set Crystal Palace on their way to only their second league win of the season.
Since swapping his cameo role at Chelsea for a starting place at Crystal Palace, arguably the best loan signing of 2017/18 has gone from strength to strength.
Not only has Loftus-Cheek, a real Rolls Royce of a player who looks far more mature than his 21 years, proved beyond doubt that he is bonafide Premier League quality, he has also made his England debut and earned the Man of the Match award against Germany at Wembley to boot.
And a well-taken goal in Crystal Palace’s vital 2-1 home win at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon was the latest impressive contribution from arguably England’s most exciting young midfielder.
Loftus-Cheek’s display, all control and composure, was in stark contrast to Bakayoko’s on Merseyside. Chelsea paid £39.7 million to sign the French powerhouse from Ligue 1 champions Monaco, per The Guardian, but, at Anfield, he looked more Jiri Jarosik than Claude Makelele.
Not only did Bakayoko give possession away on countless occasions, it was his heavy touch which led to Mo Salah’s opener – a goal Chelsea waited until the 84th minute, via a mishit Willian cross, to cancel out.
And this has Chelsea fans asking, with some justification, why they let Loftus-Cheek go to make way for Bakayoko:
Watch Loftus Cheek's performance for Palace today— . (@OfficialCheIs) November 25, 2017
Watch Bakayoko's performance agasint Liverpool so far
Tell me he couldn't do a better job?
So far I haven’t seen anything in Bakayoko that proves that he’s any better than Loftus-Cheek— Mr. Shittu (@iamrilwan) November 25, 2017
Still early but Bakayoko has been nothing but a flop. No technical ability, commits foul after foul & his positioning is awful. Loftus-Cheek is miles better imo.— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) November 25, 2017
Ruben Loftus-Cheek offers exactly what we were looking for in Bakayoko. Recall him back in January please @ChelseaFc— 3-5-2 (@TailoredConte) November 25, 2017
Bakayoko for worst singing of the year, should swap places with Loftus-Cheek. #CFC— Simon Matthews (@smileymatthews) November 25, 2017
Could Chelsea have saved themselves 60 odd million on Ruediger and Bakayoko by trusting Christiansen & Loftus-Cheek earlier? I think so.— Tom (@tom_7711) November 25, 2017
Bakayoko glaring lack of composure is costing the team a lot,sending out loftus cheek and bringing Bakayoko is hard to understand.— ADESINA (@tflourish) November 26, 2017
If Bakayoko came through Chelsea's academy he would have been loaned out and then sold. Loftus-Cheek is better. #LIVCHE— Don Vibes (@DelDiablo007) November 25, 2017