Sam Allardyce says Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to be “battering the door down in January” to force a permanent move away from Chelsea.
The 22-year-old midfielder went to the World Cup with England, but he was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad and he has fallen behind Ross Barkley at Stamford Bridge.
After a good loan spell at Crystal Palace last season, where he made 25 appearances, this season was expected to be his breakthrough year at Chelsea, but things have turned sour.
New boss Maurizio Sarri has, more than once, criticised his “tactical” play and that has lead to Loftus-Cheek seeing just 33 minutes of Premier League action so far.
Loftus-Cheek decided to shun a summer switch away from Stamford Bridge, but with just 48 career Premier League appearances to his name, the former England boss says he has to move on.
Allardyce told talkSPORT: “I’m disappointed for Loftus-Cheek.
“Chelsea have told him he’s going to be a part of the team this season and, if that is the case, they haven’t lived up to that yet.
“What he did for Crystal Palace last season and for England at the World Cup, I thought this would be a big season for him at Chelsea, but it’s simply not happening.
“If I were Loftus-Cheek I would be battering the door down in January and saying, ‘that’s it, I need to get away’.
“And not on loan, get away from Chelsea properly and build his own career.
“He’s had the taste of playing first-team football at Palace and obviously he loves Chelsea, but it’s not happening for him there.
“He’s got to play. He’s too talented not to play, we’ve all seen that.”