DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 01: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Ruben Loftus Cheek of Chelsea during the Pre-season friendly International Champions Cup game between Arsenal and Chelsea at Aviva stadium on August 1, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Former England boss Sam Allardyce believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek must seek a permanent move away from Chelsea in January

The 22-year-old midfielder’s impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace last season led him to a place in the England World Cup squad at Russia.

Since returning to Stamford Bridge, however, Loftus-Cheek has again found himself on the fringes with only 33 minutes of action on the Premier League this season.

“I’m disappointed for Loftus-Cheek. Chelsea have told him he’s going to be a part of the team this season and, if that is the case, they haven’t lived up to that yet,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.

“What he did for Crystal Palace last season and for England at the World Cup, I thought this would be a big season for him at Chelsea, but it’s simply not happening.

“If I were Loftus-Cheek I would be battering the door down in January and saying, ‘that’s it, I need to get away’. And not on loan, get away from Chelsea properly and build his own career.

“He’s had the taste of playing first-team football at Palace and obviously he loves Chelsea, but it’s not happening for him there. He’s got to play. He’s too talented not to play, we’ve all seen that.”

Palace manager Roy Hodgson expressed a hope last week that Loftus-Cheek could return to Selhurst Park in the near future.