There is expected to be a number of players leaving Hull City this summer, with the Tigers facing another season in the Sky Bet Championship, following relegation from the top-flight in May.
Just over 12-months ago, Hull gained promotion from the Championship with players like Andrew Robertson, Harry Maguire, Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone within their squad, but it does not appear the Tigers will have the benefit of their quality in the second-tier next season.
A number of top-flight clubs are monitoring Robertson and Maguire, Davies has already agreed to join Derby County, and recent speculation suggests that Huddlestone is attracting interest from the Premier League.
Hull are still without a permanent manager, but it is understood that Russian, Leonid Slutsky, is close to being appointed at the KCOM Stadium.
Slutsky will be tasked with rebuilding the Hull squad that is set to be ripped apart over the summer, and could turn to his compatriot Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, to bring some of the Blues’ youngsters to the Championship, as so many others have done in the past.
One player who could be made available on-loan from Chelsea is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has cut a frustrated figure at Stamford Bridge this season, making just 11 appearances under Antonio Conte.
With Hull facing the potential departure of Huddlestone, Loftus-Cheek could be the perfect addition over the summer, to lend the Tigers a short-term fix in midfield.
The 21-year old stands at 6ft 4in and is tailor-made for the Championship. Whilst Hull would undoubtedly benefit from Loftus-Cheek’s ability, the player could also benefit from some regular playing time at senior level.
Loftus-Cheek has watched his teammates, Izzy Brown, Kasey Palmer and Tammy Abraham all flourish in the Championship last season, and the trio could all be regulars in the Premier League next term.
There is no doubt Loftus-Cheek will benefit from a move to the Championship, and with Slutsky set for a busy summer in the transfer market with Hull, he should definitely contact Abramovich over the midfielder’s availability.