Chelsea defender tips Ruben Loftus-Cheek to emulate Tottenham's Dele Alli

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Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek came on as a substitute and instantly made an impact against Scunthorpe in the FA Cup on Sunday, scoring the Blues' second just 20 minutes after coming on.

And it seems the Englishman has a new-found admirer in teammate and defender Gary Cahill, who heaped praise on the midfielder after claiming his first goal in Chelsea colours.

The England international believes Loftus-Cheek has all the necessary attributes to become a success in years to come, both for Chelsea and the national side.


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The 19-year-old is one of the few academy players tipped to make the cut for the first-team at Stamford Bridge having come through the club's youth system.

According to the Guardian, Cahill said: "I’m delighted for him [Loftus-Cheek]. 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.”

Moreover, Cahill is also of the opinion that Chelsea have found their own Dele Alli in Loftus-Cheek.

When asked if teenager can reach the same heights Alli has, the 30-year-old replied: “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?”

Since his emergence at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Alli has earned plenty of praise for his growth and commanding performances, of which he owes to the opportunity given to him by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Deemed 'the next big thing in English football’ - like many others have been before him, let's not forget - the 19-year-old has made four appearances for the England senior team and is currently being courted by several of Europe's giants.

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