|Ruben Loftus-Cheek Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||January 23, 1996|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is an English professional soccer player who was considered as the most talented player in Chelsea’s academy even before he was handed his debut by Jose Mourinho. In fact, Mourinho had claimed that if Ruben didn’t become a regular at the club while he was club manager, it would be a huge failure for him. However, Mourinho didn’t last long and was eventually replaced by Antonio Conte, who tried to unsuccessfully convert Loftus-Cheek into a 2nd striker. He eventually decided to move to Crystal Palace to kickstart his derailed progress. He was a revelation at Palace and upon return to his parent club, he has been given some chances by manager Maurizio Sarri.
Ruben Ira Loftus-Cheek
Lewisham, London, England, United Kingdom
London, England, United Kingdom
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has honed his game and skills at the youth academy of Chelsea.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Trevor Loftus
- Mother – Juliette Cheek
- Siblings – Joe Loftus-Cheek (Younger Brother) (Semi-Professional Soccer Player), Carl Cort (Older Paternal Half-Brother) (Former Professional Soccer Player), Leon Cort (Older Paternal Half-Brother) (Former Professional Soccer Player)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is represented by Stellar Football Ltd.
14, 36, 12 – Chelsea FC
8 – Crystal Palace
21, 22, 18 – England National Team
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
85 kg or 187.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He has Guyanese ancestry.
Tall height and imposing presence
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has an outfit deal with Adidas, which requires him to wear Adidas cleats for his professional matches. He has also used his social media activity to promote his sponsor’s products.
Best Known For
Being one of the most promising English midfielders. He has long been heralded as the next big midfielder to emerge out of the English system. In fact, many experts have called him the crown jewel of Chelsea’s academy.
First Soccer Match
In December 2014, he made his professional debut with the Chelsea senior team in a UEFA Champions League group match against Sporting CP. He was sent in for Cesc Fabregas by Jose Mourinho with 7 minutes remaining in the match.
In August 2017, he made his first appearance for Crystal Palace in a home Premier League match against Huddersfield Town. His side went on to lose the first game of the season by 3-0.
In November 2017, Loftus-Cheek made his first international appearance for England in a friendly match against Germany. He managed to grab the show in a goalless draw and was recognized as “Man of the Match”.
- Passing range
- Technical Ability
- Reading of the game
Apart from training with the team, Ruben workouts in the gym to improve his game. The start of the week is especially brutal for him as he has to do a lot of hard running and gym work on Monday as well as Tuesday. He reduces his workout intensity as the week progresses to remain fresh for the weekend game.
When it comes to the gym workout, he doesn’t lift heavy as he already has an impressive physique and there is no need to attain bigger muscles. Instead, he focuses on the core work. He believes that core strength improves multiple aspects of his game including kicking, dribbling, and energy transfer.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek Favorite Things
- Idol – Zinedine Zidane
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek Facts
- In 2004, he joined the youth setup of Chelsea. He was one of the first youngsters signed by the club to implement new club owner Roman Abramovich’s dream to make Chelsea’s academy as one of the finest in the world.
- At the start of 2011-12 season, he looked all set to make himself a mainstay in Chelsea’s under-18 team. However, his progress was derailed by a hip injury, which ruled him out for almost the entire season.
- In the 2012-13 season, he finally made his impact at the club as he made 18 appearances for the U-18 squad and other 9 appearances for the U-21 team.
- His good performances in the 2012-13 season helped him secure a place in the Chelsea squad for a post-season friendly match against Manchester City in May 2013.
- In the 2013-14 season, he established himself as the star of the Chelsea U-21 team. He managed to win the Under-21 Premier League and FA Youth Cup with his team.
- The Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was impressed with Ruben’s potential and ability and decided to promote him to the first team squad in February 2015.
- Although he had made only 3 league appearances in the season, Mourinho insisted that he should receive Premier League winner’s medal with rest of the squad. Mourinho felt that this would give him a taste of silverware and make him more hungry as a player.
- In February 2016, he signed an improved contract with Chelsea, which extended his stay at the club for 5 more years.
- In April 2016, he scored his first Premier League goal with Chelsea in an away match against Aston Villa. He scored the first goal in his team’s 4-0 win.
- At the start of 2016-17 season, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte decided to deploy him as a striker in partnership with Diego Costa. However, the experiment was a failure.
- As he had got frustrated with lack of first team appearances at Chelsea, he decided to join Crystal Palace on a season-long deal in July 2017.
- In November 2017, he scored his first goal for Crystal Palace in a home match against Stoke City. The match ended in a narrow 2-1 win for his side.
- In May 2018, he was included in England’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by Gareth Southgate. He made only one substitute appearance in the entire tournament as he replaced Dele Alli in England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia in the group stage match in June 2018.
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