Frank Lampard believes England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has “everything” and should be playing more for Chelsea.
Loftus-Cheek has struggled to make break into Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI this season and has only started one Premier League game so far.
Derby County boss Lampard – Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer – told talkSPORT he feels the 23-year-old deserves to be getting more minutes than he is.
“I think Ruben has absolutely everything and to be fair he’s had a few injury problems this season,” he said.
“He is another one who has to make the most of every minute he gets. He’s at a stage now where he should be playing and should be pushing regularly to get in that team.
“He and Callum (Hudson-Odoi) will look at the likes of Jadon Sancho who has gone out of their comfort zone, which I completely respect as well and have done well.
“But at Chelsea you’ve got a little bunch of players who can try and get the minutes in the first-team.
“They are the next generation. Chelsea have invested heavily in the academy and I’m sure they are going to want to see the fruits of that.”
Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan with Crystal Palace where his performances earned him an England call-up for the World Cup.
He has made 27 appearances for the Blues this campaign, with most coming from the bench, and has scored six goals.