Speaking ahead of Fulham vs Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has been waxing-lyrical about Ruben Loftus-Cheek, comparing him to Michael Ballack.
The midfielder is of course on loan from the Blues, and with the Cottagers travelling to Stamford Bridge this weekend, he was the topic of conversation.
Tuchel says that he’s long-been a fan of Loftus-Cheek.
“I was quite a fan of him when he was even younger and he came though the academy and started playing professional football,” Tuchel said.
“He reminded me a little bit in his style of play and movement of Michael Ballack.
“There were some links about him moving to Germany – we were well aware of him. I don’t know why things didn’t work out but he’s doing well on loan now and leaving him footprint.
“I love to work with players but I need a direct impression and we don’t have that yet. I don’t know what his ideas are or what the club are thinking. We haven’t made a decision yet.”
Well, if Loftus-Cheek is the second-coming of Ballack, he’s done a good job of disguising it this season.
The England international has been absolutely woeful for Fulham this term, scoring just one goal and failing to provide a single assist.
Every week it looks as though he’s a step behind where he should be with his fitness, and he’s been lacking confidence all term.
Sadly, Loftus-Cheek hasn’t proven to be a good signing for Fulham.