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Ian Wright thinks Loftus-Cheek is better than one Chelsea player.

Ian Wright digs out a Chelsea player after Ruben Loftus-Cheek stars vs Germany

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was thoroughly impressive on his England debut as the Three Lions drew 0-0 with Germany.

The Crystal Palace midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, has made just 12 Premier League starts in his career, but he looked more than comfortable against the number one-ranked team in the world.

Even if the door had only been opened for the 21-year-old because Gareth Southgate' squad had been hampered by injuries, the national manager now has some serious thinking to do about how he's going to line up against Brazil and possibly even beyond.

The irony, of course, is that only a few months ago, Loftus-Cheek's career was at something of a crossroads.

While he'd considered leaving Chelsea last January, Antonio Conte convinced him to stay because he didn't want to be left short.

When it became apparent that he wasn't going to make his breakthrough this term, he finally cut his losses and opted for a season-long stint at Selhurst Park.

The academy product's chances were all the slimmer following the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

Wright digs at Bakayoko 

The Blues forked out around £40million for the French international thanks to his role in Monaco's surprise title win in the 2016/2017 campaign.

If Loftus-Cheek continues to shine, questions are inevitably going to be raised about why he was never given an opportunity at Stamford Bridge.

Ian Wright summed up that feeling during ITV's coverage of the game, and it's fair to say a lot of Chelsea fans will be thinking exactly the same thing.

"I watched Bakayoko the other day up front or playing further forward against Manchester United and he never done anything in that game that made me think that he's a better player than Loftus-Cheek," the former striker said, per the Daily Mail.

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"Now I'm not knocking Chelsea because Chelsea can do whatever they want but the fact is that surely you've got to give the guy a chance. I've seen him and he's better than Bakayoko for me."

It remains to be seen whether we'll see him in a blue shirt once his time at Palace is up, but he isn't the only player to excel since leaving west London.

Tammy Abraham also made his first appearance for England against Germany, while Nathaniel Chalobah had also made a solid start to the season prior to his knee injury.

Is Loftus-Cheek better than Bakayoko? Have your say in the comments. 

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek
England Football
Ian Wright
Football
Gareth Southgate
Chelsea

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