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Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to improve despite Chelsea's Premier League struggles

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Amidst a season where no particular player has stood out for Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has performed admirably and become a player worth getting excited about at Stamford Bridge.

The 20-year-old midfielder has the potential to excel in the Premier League having delivered promising performances whenever afforded the opportunity to do so.

Having drawn similarities to Paul Pogba of Juventus, Loftus-Cheek is one of few young players to have broken into the first team this campaign, alongside the likes of Bertrand Traore and Kenedy.

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Loftus-Cheek has matured into a player built for regular first-team football; his ball control is exquisite for someone of his size, whilst his passing, strength and pace are all vital and impressive aspects of his game.

The youngster possesses great potential and has an exciting future ahead for both Chelsea and the England national team.

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Where Loftus-Cheek has thrived, others have struggled. When Guus Hiddink took charge in December, Willian's impressive form saw him emerge as favourite for the Player of the Year award.

However, a brief spell that saw the Brazilian convert almost every direct free-kick he attempted is now a thing of the past having scored just twice in the Premier League since the turn of the year.

His form has dipped considerably in recent times, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Diego Costa also enduring hit-and-miss campaigns.

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Elsewhere, Eden Hazard has failed miserably to replicate last campaign's form whilst Oscar's inconsistency has seen him rumoured with a move away this summer.

Perhaps the only other two players who can be proud of their performances are full-back Cesar Azpilicueta and John Obi Mikel, who have shone amongst a lacklustre defence and midfield.

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As a result of the above's poor form and various injuries, not to mention that Chelsea have nothing left to play for, Hiddink has provided Loftus-Cheek with several opportunities to impress - and impress he has.

The Englishman now appears to be higher in the pecking order than Nemanja Matic and Oscar thanks to his dominant displays in the centre of midfield. 

Loftus-Cheek has been one of very few silver linings for Chelsea this season and despite how disappointing a campaign it's been in west London, the youngster gives fans reason to be positive of what the future holds.

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