Pundit tips Loftus-Cheek to be as good as Tottenham Hotspur star Alli

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was backed to become a Chelsea star after making his senior debut in the 2014-15 season.

However, the midfielder’s career stalled and at the start of the season, the 21-year-old moved to Crystal Palace on loan.

Since arriving at Selhurst Park, Loftus-Cheek has started six Premier League games and has come off the bench in another.

The midfielder’s performances, which has included one assist, has earned the young player a call-up to the England senior squad.

It is believed that Loftus-Cheek will be handed his full debut when the Three Lions take on Germany at Wembley on Friday.

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins believes that the Chelsea academy product has the qualities to be as good as Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli.

Both are the same age, but the Spurs midfielder has played almost 200 games for the North London outfit and is a fully fledged England international.

Despite the gulf between the two players, Wilkins thinks that Loftus-Cheek could match his fellow Englishman.

The football pundit told talkSPORT:

“This fella has great technique. He’s got two feet, he’s got energy and pace, he can score a goal and he can create goals. Had he played as many games as Dele Alli through the leagues.

“Dele has played around 200 games now and he’s only 21 – I honestly do believe Loftus-Cheek has the ability to be equally as good as him, no question about it.”