Fulham midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek showcased glimpses of his star-quality, coming off the bench to change the complexion of the game in their 3-2 defeat to Everton.

The 24-year-old’s talent has never been in question. However, his development has fallen short in recent seasons, due to inconsistent performances, caused by injury set-backs.

He was sent out on loan by parent-club Chelsea this term, unable to stake a claim in the Blues’ fiercely-competitive squad.

Since his deadline day move, he has made four appearances and looked bright in each of them.

Loftus-Cheek against Everton

The play-maker was introduced 13 minutes into the restart against the Merseyside outfit. Though, unable to change his side’s fortunes in terms of the result, the performance demonstrated his influence on the team.

He showed some neat exchanges and brought players into play. The midfielder marauded forward and was unfazed by opposition players, taking them on and winning fouls.

He demonstrated awareness to attack the susceptible players in the Everton contingent by targetting new Toffees defender Ben Godfrey. The midfielder drew a foul from Godfrey to win a penalty for the hosts, nine minutes into his introduction.

However, Ivan Cavaleiro blazed the resulting-spot-kick over the bar. Nevertheless, Loftus-Cheek managed to get onto the score-sheet, firing home a minute later, via a deflection.

During his half-hour cameo, he recorded 30 touches and completed 21 passes (one key pass) with a 95.2% accuracy. He also completed two key dribbles and drew three fouls (WhoScored.com).

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Loftus-Cheek confidence

Loftus-Cheek’s previous loan-move to Crystal Palace during the 2017-18 season gave him a boost. He managed seven attacking returns from 25 games in all competitions, despite another injury-laden campaign.

His performances warranted a place in the World Cup squad that summer. And a similar campaign, could see the midfielder once again make the plane for Gareth Southgate’s men.

The England international rode already showed he can compete with the league’s best. He rode challenges from Allan and gave him a little nudge off the ball too, showing his feisty and competitive side.

With Chelsea looking for potential successors for the much-sought-after Jorginho, he could also play his way back into favour at Stamford Bridge.

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