Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s father has taken a swipe at Jose Mourinho.
Trevor Loftus-Cheek insists his son was “held back” by Mourinho at Chelsea and believes his son would have 70 first-team appearances if Mauricio Pochettino was his manager.
The21-year-old made his debut for England on Friday in the 0-0 draw and was named man of the match in a sparkling performance which will give Gareth Southgate food for thought ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
Mourinho handed Loftus-Cheek his Chelsea debut in 2014 in a Champions League tie against Sporting Lisbon but he made only made a further eight appearances under the Portuguese coach before he left Stamford Bridge for a second time in December 2015.
“Jose Mourinho held him back,” he told the Daily Mail.
“He should have been playing. Everyone behind the scenes was asking: ‘why isn’t he playing?’ If Ruben was playing for Mauricio Pochettino, he’d have 70, 80, 90 first-team appearances by now.
“He is like a Rolls Royce. He used to win all of the player of the year awards. But once Chelsea clapped eyes on him they knew what he was. They knew he was special.”
Loftus-Cheek failed to start a Premier League game last season under Antonio Conte and he was allowed to leave on a season-long loan this summer. He has played eight times this season and grabbed two assists, while on loan at Crystal Palace.