Ruben Loftus-Cheek: New contract and comparisons to Dele Alli follow weekend goal.
If there has been one name the Chelsea Supporters have wanted to see more of this season it's Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Given a chance at h...
If there has been one name the Chelsea Supporters have wanted to see more of this season it's Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Given a chance at half time against Scunthorpe, the youngster gave a good account of himself and picked up his first Chelsea senior goal. As a result, a new contract is being spoken of along with comparisons to Dele Alli of Tottenham.
Having made a few appearances for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho last season, many thought that RLC would feature heavily this term. Unfortunately, as we all know, our season has been far from acceptable and as a result he has had to settle for a place on the bench being not involved at all for the most part.
On Sunday however against Scunthorpe it was a different story as he has given a chance for the second half to go out there and show what he could do.
He gave a confident and composed performance and showed glimpses of his quality. Gary Cahill spoke of his performance, the fact he has had to wait for his chance and of a comparison to the impact that Dele Alli has had at Tottenham having been given a chance. He said:
“I’m delighted for him. With the quality in the team and especially in his position, he’s had to be patient. He’s worked really hard in training, he’s a great kid, he works really hard at his game. He’s been chomping at the bit and he wants to be involved, he wants to play. He’s shown that patience.
But it’s not just his goal, it was his performance. It was great. As a young boy, you just want to do everything right when you come on and especially when you come on at home, with the crowd here. You may not get too many opportunities when you are younger so to come on and do as well as he did. I’m really pleased for him.
Ruben has had a couple of runs in the team and I think he is a top, top player. If you look at attributes, he’s got all the attributes. It’s just how he progresses. Obviously, that’s down to him getting a few chances and down to himself so it will be interesting to see how he does progress but for me, he has got everything that you need to become a top player. Dele Alli’s rise has been incredibly fast and why can’t he do it?”
Cahill has a fair point and it's only natural that comparisons are being made between the two. The difference being that Pochettino at Tottenham is willing to give the youngsters a go such as Harry Kane last season and now Alli this year, we just hope that Chelsea start to do the same.
Looking at the remainder of the season under Guus Hiddink it seems that Loftus-Cheek could finally get a real chance at first team football at Chelsea and I sincerely hope that he does.
We have been crying out for someone else other than John Terry to make the step up from Academy graduate into the first team and it looks as though Ruben Loftus-Cheek is going to be that person. Let's hope he really kicks on now and shows everyone what he is capable of with a new Chelsea contract signed sooner rather than later!