Ruben Loftus-Cheek set for big things at Chelsea

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John Terry is arguably the best defender in the Premier League at the moment. Some will debate that he's the greatest in Premier League history.

He's also one of Chelsea's greatest ever players, winning three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Europa league and one Champions league title.

He has made over 500 appearances for the west London side and has captained the club since 2003.

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Now 34 years of age, the former England international has now been with Chelsea for 20 years, coming through the ranks as a schoolboy before making his debut in a League Cup fixture at Aston Villa in 1998.

However, despite the success JT has had in his career, he is still the last player to successfully come through the Chelsea academy and make a position in the first team his own.

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Talented players falling by the wayside

Many promising players haven't quite made it at Chelsea despite coming through the academy, such as Scott Sinclair, Jacob Mellis and, more recently, Josh McEachran.

It's no surprise youth players at Chelsea have failed to break into the first team over the past decade. With the luxury of being able to invest in the best players in world football at the current time, there is no need for the club to rely on the academy to produce players for the first team, making it extremely difficult for young players to have a chance at the club.

Talented starlets coming through

However, things are starting to change with some youngsters making appearances and training with the first team this season.

Defenders Nathan Aké and Andreas Christensen have both started cup games for the first team this season and both impressed whilst doing so.

Striker Dominic Solanke is also on the hinges of the first team at the moment.

But another youngster who has made a couple of appearances for the first team this season looks like the real deal.

Big things expected from Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has earlier stated that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will surprise the Premier League next season and is only not currently playing regularly for the first team due to the pressure of the title race.

The 19 year-old has been with Chelsea since the age of eight and has also represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and currently, Under-19 level.

He is a central midfielder who likes to attack and defend, with an eye for goal. He has been with Chelsea since the age of eight and has made two substitute appearances for the club this season, against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions league and title rivals Manchester City in the league.

He has also appeared on the Chelsea bench a lot recently and was part of the celebrations after the club's League Cup victory over Tottenham.

If Chelsea are to wrap up the league title before the final day of the season, Mourinho may decide to give some youngsters a chance in the final games to give them a sense of what playing for Chelsea consists of.

This could potentially be a chance for Loftus-Cheek to prove his worth to the fans, Mourinho and his teammates and earn a place in the squad for next season. 

Now widely regarded as the future of English football, Mourinho's comments suggest the youngster will play a big part for Chelsea next season as the club look to rely more on the academy as a pose to the transfer market.

Will Loftus-Cheek become a first-team regular next season? Have your say in the comments below!

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