Chelsea fans baffled they let Crystal Palace sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Stoke City at Selhurst Park on November 25, 2017 in London, England.

Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek shone for Crystal Palace again on Saturday - while Tiemoue Bakayoko did exactly the opposite against Liverpool at Anfield.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool fouls Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on November 25, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

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.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Stoke City at...

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.

Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea looks dejected after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

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:

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