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West Ham want an ‘unplayable’ star like Declan Rice

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When The mirror previously reported in November 2018 that West Ham United had an attempt to land Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan which was blocked by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. It’s no exaggeration to assume the England international was in the form of his young life.

After all, Loftus-Cheek had scored four goals in his three games so far, including a first career hat-trick against BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

No one could have imagined back then – having hit double figures at Stamford Bridge in the 2018/19 season – that it would be until April 2021 for Loftus-Cheek to find goal again in Chelsea blue.

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Even his old Crystal Palace supporters were ready to give Loftus-Cheek a pass as he celebrated wild-eyed after putting Chelsea ahead in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final The Eagles’ Wings and dashed their hopes of a first major trophy in Patrick Vieira’s debut season.

At his best, 26-year-old Loftus-Cheek is an impressive sight. A fearsome cocktail of strength and dexterity, courage and guile. A footballer with the agility of a Porsche 911 and a V8 Range Rover engine chugging beneath the surface.

“I love him,” said the former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport in December. “First and foremost, he’s a fantastic specimen. I’m comparing him to someone like Yaya Toure in full swing.

“He can intimidate players. When he turns around and goes full throttle, it’s unplayable at times. As a centre-back, that’s one of your biggest fears.”

When fully fit and flying, Loftus-Cheek has a lot in common with a man he could share a dressing room with next season. Whether that’s at Stamford Bridge or London Stadium remains to be seen.

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Corresponding The post, West Ham could again call for their longtime transfer target in the summer. The prospect of Declan Rice and Loftus-Cheek thundering through the thirds, a fiery red and blue swirl, is enough to keep Ferdinand up at night, not to mention the defenders still plying their trade in the Premier League.

‘RCL’ could play alongside Rice instead of him, or maybe far out so Moyes can field Rice, Soucek and him in the same XI. In short, he would give West Ham options.

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Sarri stood in the way of Loftus-Cheek in a move to West Ham four years ago. Time will tell whether Thomas Tuchel intends to do the same.

“He was excellent,” said Tuchel after the 26-year-old’s decisive goal against Palace last weekend (EuroSport). “And was also very strong in the games against Southampton and Real Madrid.

“He shows that performance in training, but it’s not enough because he has to show it on the pitch.

“I think he hid his talent and potential in his career for a long time. He’s able to deliver performances that everyone on the pitch sees, but he’s also able to deliver performances that hide all his quality.”

The implication is equally clear. If Loftus-Cheek wants a future at Stamford Bridge then it’s up to him and him alone to prove he deserves one.

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Brian Ashcraft

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