Lifting the Lid: Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek provides some snippets of behind-the scenes information about his team-mates in the latest instalment of a new feature for 2018/19.

The midfielder tells us about his close friendship with one of our defenders and why a certain World Cup-winner would make a good goalkeeper, as well as answering a question posed by Victor Moses, who was the last player to take part in this feature.

Who has been the best player in training recently?

Jorginho trains well all the time, he’s a very good player.

Of the outfield players, who would make the best keeper?

Maybe Olivier. He’s tall and he can jump. I initially thought Toni Rudiger, he would be good too, but let’s go with Giroud.

Of the defenders, who would make the best striker?

I think Emerson. He’s very agile and has a lot of technical quality, so I think he would be good up front because he would be able to run in behind.

Who do you sit with on away trips? How do you pass the time?

I sit with Andreas Christensen because we’ve known each other for a long time. He normally watches a series, but I’m not watching anything in particular at the moment so I just play some games on my phone or listen to music.

Who controls the music in the dressing room?

The kit man. He builds a playlist and keeps adding songs to it so that’s what we listen to.

Who is good at lifting morale after a defeat?

Cesar Azpilicueta always has something positive to say in the dressing room, whether we’ve won or lost. After a defeat he will tell us to keep our chins up and move on to the next game, so that’s always good.

Who is the biggest joker in the dressing room?

Rudiger. He loves to talk but he’s a very funny guy.

Who is the quietest?

Definitely N’Golo Kante. He’s the nicest guy in the world but so quiet.

Who is the loudest?

Again, Toni.

Who is the most active on Instagram?

Maybe David Luiz, he does quite a bit on there.

Who should the fans follow on social media?

Me. I’m on everything but I mainly use Instagram. David is quite funny on there as well.

Who do you eat lunch with at Cobham?

Usually Andreas, he’s my partner in crime. I’ve played with him since we were about 16. I remember when I first saw him play, he made it look so easy. He’s so talented.

Who took the longest to learn English?

I’m not sure about the longest but Jorginho already speaks it very well. He was good as soon as he arrived, but now he’s even picked up the slang as well.

And the question from Victor...

What would you have been if you weren’t a footballer?

I was always quite athletic and sporty. I did track at school and I was quite a good sprinter, I played a bit of tennis as well, so maybe another sport.

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