Chelsea have an outstanding amount of great young players, but the two that really stand out for me are their defensive midfield duo, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah - and here's why.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The 17-year-old midfielder is reportedly wanted by Spanish giants Barcelona, to one day become a first-team regular.

Loftus-Cheek is part of the Chelsea youth team that lost to Norwich in the FA Youth Cup final earlier in the year, but throughout the competition he was outstanding and proved how much more advanced and developed he is compared to other footballers of the same age. 

For a big player, he is quick and good with his feet - his passing ability and dribbling skills were too much for his opponents during the FA Youth Cup last campaign.

As a defensive midfielder, Ruben's job is to prevent the opposition from creating chances and retaining the ball. He does these jobs exceptionally well.

Loftus-Cheek impressed when he featured in a friendly against Manchester City earlier on in the year. He played against the likes of Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez, and did not look out of place at all. Instead, he looked like a mature, experienced Premier League player.

Since then, Jose Mourinho has been impressed with the Chelsea youth system and has asked his backroom staff to get videos of Chelsea's hottest prospects to see if they deserve a chance in the first-team next season - could Loftus-Cheek be in with a chance? 

Nathaniel Chalobah

Unlike Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah has experience under his belt, featuring for Championship outfit Watford 42 times last season, scoring five goals. One of which was one any footballer would be proud of - take a look at the video below.

See what I mean? Chalobah is a lot like Paul Pogba in my eyes. He is a brick-wall defensively, strong and powerful as well as being great in the air.

Chalobah can also play in a more advanced role because of his keen eye for goal. Not only this, the ex-Watford loanee is great in close quarter situations and can retain possession very well.

Phil Neville is very impressed with Chalobah's talent and potential - he had this to say when interviewed by the Independent.

"I have seen enough of Chalobah this season at Watford to see that he could play 20 games for Chelsea next season [including] the League Cup, the early rounds of the Champions League.”

I really do hope to see these two players get a chance at Chelsea next season, and I am positive they will thrive in the coming years. One day, they could even go on to become two of the best midfielders in European football.


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