Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first season on loan at Fulham and his Chelsea future predicted

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be hoping to get his career back on track this season, after securing a season-long loan move to Fulham on transfer deadline day.

The central midfielder was clearly one of Chelsea’s brightest talents in the 2018/19 season, after making a huge impression on loan at Crystal Palace in the previous season, making 40 appearances and scoring ten goals in all competitions for the Blues.

However, the now 24-year-old suffered a serious injury in Chelsea’s Final Whistle on Hate charity match against New England Revolution in May 2019, rupturing his Achilles, with Loftus-Cheek not making his competitive return until June 2020.

Whilst injuries have clearly hampered his progress, the midfielder remains a player of huge talent and has started his loan spell with Fulham well, scoring his first goal for the Whites during the 3-2 defeat to Everton last weekend.

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So, how will his 2020/21 season at Fulham play out? And, what will become of him in the 2021/22 season?

We used the popular football management simulation game Football Manager 2020 to have a bit of fun and find out how Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s career will progress over the next two seasons.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s next two seasons predicted

The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.

In addition, each annual iteration of Football Manager has built-in algorithms which check for outliers and data discrepancies. Data accuracy is further ensured by input from contributors who are active within the professional game (players, agents etc.) who provide regular feedback.

To set up this simulation,…


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