Having made Ruben Loftus-Cheek his first signing as Crystal Palace manager, Frank de Boer has been revealing why he decided to bring the Chelsea loanee to Selhurst Park.
The 21-year-old completed his season-long deal this morning to secure him in SE25 for 12 months after De Boer was left impressed by Loftus-Cheek’s ability and versatility. He believes that the England under-21 international will provide a boost to his squad having spent a few weeks running the rule over the Eagles players.
Speaking about his maiden acquisition, De Boer said: “He is a very talented player and is a good height, and even though he’s quite tall he has very good technique. He’s a technical and physical player, so after I looked at our squad I thought he could be a very helpful player for the team and gives us a quality injection.”
A lot of debate has been circulating as to where the youngster’s future position lies, with Chelsea using him in a front three and as a central striker last term under Antonio Conte. However, De Boer is keeping his mind open as to where Loftus-Cheek could best suit Palace, and is sure to experiment with the pre-season fixtures on the horizon.
“He’s an attacking midfielder obviously, but with his attacking ability he could also be used as a sitting midfielder,” De Boer continued. “We will have to see what is the best position for him and also what will be the best for the team.”