Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand have joined in the list of football analyst to consider the fate of Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea. The 22 year-old is one of the promising players currently lacking playtime at the England top flight division.

Loftus-Cheek was backed to impress at Chelsea in the current season following a successful loan spell at Crystal palace and a World cup outing with the Three lions in Russia, but the Matteo Kovacic from Real Madrid have reduced chances for the youngster as he has dropped in the pecking order at the Bridge.

Loftus-Cheek had an option to depart the club on loan last summer but decided to stay and fight for his place. Despite the current season barely a month, the English midfielder alongside Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke and Manchester City’s Phil Foden have been advised to seek clarity about their game times.

“Obviously the players are not good enough (for these teams),” said Ferdinand on BT Sport. “The young kids like (Phil) Foden, (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek and (Dominic) Solanke who are winning tournaments for England at youth level, if they’re good enough they’ll be playing”.

“It’s such a lucrative game for these (club) managers and their jobs are on the edge every single game, and they want players who are going to win instantly. These players obviously aren’t being blooded properly”.

“If I’m Ruben Loftus-Cheek I’m banging down the manager’s door and saying ‘are you going to play me or not?’ “I’ve got potential, I think I’m better than half these players you’re bringing in, if you aren’t going to play me, tell me and I’m going”. “‘Don’t have me hanging about here getting stale’. If you’re not playing in the team as a young kid you go stale mentally and physically”.