Fulham boss Scott Parker backing on-loan midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The on-loan Chelsea ace fired home in the 70th minute at Craven Cottage but the hosts were unable to find an equaliser.

Loftus-Cheek’s performance served as one major positive for his manager to take from the encounter, with the 24-year-old also able to win a penalty in his 32-minute cameo.

An Achilles injury in May last year halted the development of the England international and he has been used sparingly by Parker in November, but his boss hinted he is ready to unleash the Chelsea academy graduate.

“I thought he was brilliant,” the Fulham manager said of Loftus-Cheek.

“We have worked really hard with Ruben in terms of the information I am trying to give him and him as a player and how he can have a big impact this year.

“Sometimes I feel like Ruben has a tendency for games to drift him by but today was everything we have spoke about with him.

“He came on, made a difference and looked every bit of a top, top player. He got on the ball, was brave, scored a goal and was dynamic and if you get him in between the lines, with confidence, he has that raw ability.

“He will be big for us this year. He needs to keep working and listening to what we are saying to him, but no doubt he will keep improving.”

Loftus-Cheek will hope his goal can earn him a start away to Leicester on Saturday, which is the beginning of a daunting run of fixtures for the newly-promoted side.

Fulham have lost seven out of nine games in the Premier League and after a trip to the King Power Stadium at the weekend, take on Manchester City and Liverpool in consecutive matches at the start of December.

Parker added: “We can lose football matches and I will be judged on that, I understand that, but I don’t think anyone will ever point the finger or tarnish us by saying the players won’t play for me or this football club or show that.

“Every time they step on the field they will keep learning, they will make mistakes and the gulf at times is big with the quality of players and fixtures coming up, there is no doubt.

“But with endeavour and a work ethic to keep improving as a team, we will go in the right direction.”

Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace seals 3-2 Everton win at Fulham

The Blues headed into the international break on the back of a four game winless streak, but first half goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure secured a timely three points.

Ancelotti’s side have been quick starters this season, and their opener came inside just 50 seconds at Craven Cottage.

Richarlison seized on a loose ball inside the Fulham and his square ball was scrambled home by Calvert-Lewin.

But despite being an absolute disaster in defence, Fulham proved they can still carry a threat on the counter, as Bobby Reid hauled them level on 13 minutes.

Michael Keane was caught out of position by Tom Cairney clever boss and Reid’s snapshot deflected past Jordan Pickford.

However, that spark of positivity was short lived for the hosts, as Calvert-Lewin netted his 10th league of goal of the season.

Alex Iwobi’s mazy run beat three Fulham defenders out wide and Calvert-Lewin arrived on cue to bury his cross.

And with their tails up, Everton stretched their lead to 3-1 just before the break as Doucoure powered home Lucas Digne’s fine cross.

Fulham continued their plan to abandon defending after the break, as Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin could and should have made it four.

But with the Toffees unable to see the game out, Fulham were handed an unexpected way back in, as Ben Godfrey fouled Ruben Loftus-Cheek inside the box.

However, Fulham’s poor luck from the spot continued as Ivan Cavaleiro slipped and ballooned his effort over the bar.

Fulham did manage to edge themselves back into as Loftus-Cheek scuffed home with 20 to go.

The hosts worked hard to force an equaliser in the closing minutes, but Everton clung on as Fulham’s misery continues.

Full Time at a goal filled Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 2 Everton 3

Loftus-Cheek Eyeing Chelsea Exit? Transfer Round Up!

Another day, another signing for Chelsea…

Edouard Mendy has joined the blues from Rennes and could be put straight into action against West Brom this weekend.

The 28 year old is a commanding goalkeeper who stands at 6ft 6in – which is a good five inches on Kepa – and it will be interesting to see if he can have an immediate impact on Frank Lampard’s backline.

As for Kepa, signed for £72million just a couple of seasons ago, it looks like he could be leaving the club on loan back to La Liga where the club hope he can rediscover his form and help them recoup some of their cash back next summer.

Speaking of keepers it could be that Sergio Romero’s time at Old Trafford could be coming to an end.

The Argentine has long been labelled the “best back up keeper in the Premier League” but he now finds himself as third choice stopper behind De Gea and Dean Henderson – who had such an impressive loan with Sheffield United last term.

Everton are thought to be interested in the player as pressure grows on England No1 Jordan Pickford who made yet another mistake in the Toffees midweek win over Fleetwood Town in the Carabao Cup.

Back at Chelsea, it looks like the clear out could soon start after a summer of spending

Reports say that Ruben Loftus Cheek is available on loan and is interesting both Aston Villa and West Ham whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi is eyeing a Chelsea exit as he sees his opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge this season.

Jorginho could also be edging towards the exit amongst reported interest from Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta seeing him as the man to emulate Fernandinho’s role with Manchester City in a red shirt for his new look Arsenal team.

At Manchester United, the Jadon Sancho deal is continuing to as on/off as ever, but that’s not the only iron in the Ed Woodward fire as they look at some reinforcements at the other end of the pitch.

Highly rated RB Leipzig centre back Dayot Upamecano has been told that he is allowed to leave the club for the right price, which has alerted Manchester United to his availability.

The French 21-year old would no doubt improve the leaky Reds defence but would come with a hefty price tag of around £40m… and that’s before Manchester United tax is added on.

With just over a week left of the transfer window there are still NO new faces at West Ham (despite a lot of huffing a puffing).

Club owner, David Sullivan, appeared on Talk Sport this week to bemoan the lack of summer activity… despite him being the man who signs the checks… but could that be about to change in the next few days?

David Moyes is still after defensive reinforcements and has gone back in again for James Tarkowski at Burnley, despite being told several times to forget about signing the player.

West Ham are also reported to be interested in Leicester City target Wesley Fofana from St Etienne. The 19-year-old is highly thought of in his own country and would cost any prospective bidder around £35m.