The signing of Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea during the summer transfer window was met with a mixed reaction, but now most fans are united in the belief that he has so far been a worthwhile addition.
MilanNews write how Loftus-Cheek’s impact on Milan world has been very positive since the friendlies in the USA, and not only in terms of goals and assists.
Stefano Pioli’s side have been lacking a versatile midfielder with an imposing physique since Franck Kessie’s exit, and the Englishman ticks a lot of those boxes.
Loftus-Cheek has so far been excellent at physically countering the opposing midfield and the performance in the Champions League against Newcastle is a clear example, but he also provides a lot in build-up play with his movement and link-up.
The Englishman is strong, fast and despite being 27 he still has a lot of room for improvement, as declared himself. His debut in Bologna showed his desire and ability to enter the opponent’s penalty area, and then against Torino he got an assist for Christian Pulisic’s goal to make it 1-0.
Against Roma he was the one who earned the penalty converted by Olivier Giroud and in the Champions League, as previously mentioned, he was fundamental in nullifying both Bruno Guimaires and Sandro Tonali.
He got his first goal for the Rossoneri against Cagliari, with a powerful ‘surface-to-air missile’ that was unstoppable. His running is there (vs. Cagliari he ran more than 11km) and his muscle will be needed. Simply put, it’s hard to have a better start at a new club in a new league.