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Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a
great opportunity to become a key member of the Eagles this season.
The 21-year-old, who is on loan from Chelsea, made an instant impact
at Palace this campaign and was rewarded for his performances with an
Hodgson is confident that the recent success will not negatively
influence the young midfielder and that the staff at Palace will keep
him grounded and focused.
"That's an easy thing to do. I and my coaching staff are quite
experienced; a lot of the players are experienced, so it won't just be
me (talking to him). I'm pretty certain everyone will," said Hodgson, as
quoted by Sky Sports, when asked about keeping the player's feet on the
"Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a sensible young man. He knows he's at the
start of what could be a big career, and it's starting later than maybe
it could have done because it started in the shadows at (parent club)
Chelsea, behind some fabulous players.
"But now here he is, with a great chance to be a key figure for
Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, and really make a mark, and
already his talent has been recognised by England."