Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville disagree over Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Sam Preston December 1, 2020
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville disagree over Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek
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Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek was part of the Fulham side who stunned Leicester 2-1 last night.

The Cottagers clambered out of the bottom three with the impressive victory at the King Power Stadium.

The game was shown as part of Sky Sports Monday Night Football, and just before kick off (5:25pm, 30/11), Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville disagreed over the English midfielder.

Neville was full of praise for Loftus-Cheek, claiming he needs a run of games to show what he can do, while Carragher is clearly impatient about the player’s development.

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When asked if it’s a big season for Loftus-Cheek, Carragher jumped in, saying: “We say that every season!”

Neville was more measured, claiming: “I take He needs to play every week, play 40 games a season, year in, year out and have consistency and belief, and I’m sure he’ll have a great career.”

“I take offence to statements like that because you’re judging him against expectations he hasn’t set for himself,” concluded Neville.

“What Jamie’s judging him against is the expectations. He didn’t set those expectations. He’s got a massive talent, he hasn’t played enough games to have a chance to show his full potential yet.”

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Loftus-Cheek has been a player talked about for a number of years and from that point of view, Neville is spot-on.

He’s only really had the year on loan at Crystal Palace in 2017/18 where he played regularly.

And he impressed enough then to get into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Carragher’s point is valid in that since then, he hasn’t kicked on and finds himself farmed out again.

But he has a chance to play regularly in the Premier League and that’s something Neville feels he needs. It’s difficult to disagree.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.