Reuben Loftus-Cheek’s father, Trevor, has suggested his son would have made more senior appearances with a manager like Mauricio Pochettino.
The Chelsea midfielder impressed on his England debut against Germany last week, leading to suggestions he is good enough to be playing for the champions.
Loftus-Cheek is currently on loan at bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace, and his father believes the 21-year-old has been repeatedly held back at Chelsea.
“Jose Mourinho held him back. He should have been playing,” Trevor told The Mail.
“Everyone behind the scenes was asking: ‘why isn’t he playing?’ If Ruben was playing for Mauricio Pochettino, he’d have 70, 80, 90 first team appearances by now.”
“I definitely don’t want to be compared with Dele anymore. Everyone’s journey is different in football, no-one’s the same,” he said.
“We are completely different players. To compare players at different stages in their career shouldn’t happen.”
If Loftus-Cheek was a Tottenham player, I’m fairly confident he’d have made plenty of first team appearances by now.