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Garth Crooks wants Roy Hodgson to Sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a Permanent Deal

The First thing for Roy Hodgson to do is Sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent deal: that will be according to BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Loftus-cheek has kept a fine form for Crystal Palace this season, but has not been a regular in the Roy Hodgson team due to returning injuries forced to leave on the sidelines.

The 22-year-old is currently on a season-long loan from Chelsea, and the English youngster haven’t failed to show his talents when given the chance in the Premier League this season.

Loftus-Cheek played a major role in the comeback against relegated side Stoke city, providing two assists for James McArthur and Patrick Van Aanholt, and taking a total control of the midfield to gather all three points.

“The first thing Roy Hodgson must do, above all else now Crystal Palace have secured their Premier League status, is sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent basis,” Crooks said.

“Chelsea do not appear to have the time or inclination to develop this talent any more than they did Kevin de Bruyne or Mohamed Salah. The on-loan Chelsea midfielder didn’t just rain on Stoke City’s parade, he sunk it.

“It was painful to watch. The Palace midfielder is looking more the perfect England replacement for the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with every game.”

With two strikes coming from the Stoke game, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has only been able to feature for the Eagles in just 24 appearances scoring seven goals and providing five assists.

With the impressive performances shown by the English International, it is highly unlikely for Chelsea to allow the 22-year-old leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent deal.

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