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27 passes, 100% pass completion, 3 interceptions, 1 tackle, 1 block. Not sure what more people were expecting from a 19 year old on his début put in there to sit with Mikel.

Few people slagging him off already. Unbelievable.

And then they moan about lack of youth integration!

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2 hours ago, bluesman2610 said:

Voted Toulon Tournament Best Player - RLC destined for great things not to get him in the squad on a weekly basis and not just cameo appearances throughout the season

Good to see him doing well for England's U20/U21 team. 

Hope he finds a spot in Chelsea's midfield next season

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32 minutes ago, LondonsFinest said:

Is anyone surprised given that they play4-3-3? I'm not. Have been saying it for weeks, he's a taylor made CM, if we play with 3 midfielders.

His apparent connection with Baker should be exploited imo. Bring them both back.

 

 

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1 hour ago, CurlyHairLikeLuiz said:

His apparent connection with Baker should be exploited imo. Bring them both back.

 

 

I, personally, wrote off Baker, but he has been impressive of late. Can he be a late bloomer ala Kane?

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28 minutes ago, LondonsFinest said:

I, personally, wrote off Baker, but he has been impressive of late. Can he be a late bloomer ala Kane?

Who knows? We'll only find out if we put some faith in him.

If Chelsea hasn't changed though we'll end up with average players that deny either of them team chances.

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4 hours ago, LondonsFinest said:

I, personally, wrote off Baker, but he has been impressive of late. Can he be a late bloomer ala Kane?

I wrote him off too I have to admit but I haven't seen anything of him recently. I put all of the Toulon matches on but I didn't really concentrate on any of them for more than five minutes at a time so wasn't able to form any kind of opinion about Lew, or anyone else for that matter. Hope the reports of his efforts in France, and during the season just gone, are not exaggerated.

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7 hours ago, Special Juan said:

Rightly given player of the tournament yesterday, superb again. The club/manager need to have faith in him and let the lad play, either that or just sell him.

Conte had faith in pogba at juventus I hope he does the same with RLC

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14 hours ago, LondonsFinest said:

Is anyone surprised given that they play4-3-3? I'm not. Have been saying it for weeks, he's a taylor made CM, if we play with 3 midfielders.

He still played advanced for Emgland throughout in this tournament, as the no.10 in a 4-3-1-2/4-1-2-1-2. Watmore and Redmond ahead of him. Him and Baker having licence to roam forward meant England attacking were almost playing 4-2-4, with wingers Redmond and Watmore naturally drifting wide.

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“Really proud to get player of the tournament. ???Well done to Nathaniel Chalobah for 3rd best player. Well done Lew Baker for the golden boot ?Massive well done to the whole team ”:Instagram of RLC

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On 3/20/2016 at 0:25 PM, Leif said:

Meanwhile we let Colkett play with boys when he would start for a lot of top sides

Chalobah winning 3rd best player

RLC winning best player

Baker gets the golden boot

Chelsea was really prominent in the young England side that won the Toulon.

No one can say that our youth is not the best in England.

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-Heroes' heroes: Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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The latest Chelsea player to share his influences on and off the field is England Under-21 midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who reveals an admiration for fellow sportsmen, a legendary musician and a versatile Hollywood star...

ZINEDINE ZIDANE

Zinedine Zidane made everything looks so easy and effortless. He was a top player and a really great professional. His style was great to watch and he was one of the best players of the generation when I was growing up.

WILL SMITH

I like watching Will Smith movies; he is wicked in so many different things. He can do comedy or serious roles, he’s done songs, he’s just one of those people that inspire you. He always comes out with quotes about being successful as well, which I admire.

ROGER FEDERER

I like tennis so I watch quite a lot of it and in individual sports the mental focus the players need to have is crazy. If a footballer has a bad game, there are 10 others in the team to help them, but in an individual sport if you’re not on your game you are going to lose. I’ve always admired that, and in tennis Roger Federer is one of the best, if not the best player I’ve seen, so he is someone I’ve looked up to as a fellow sportsman.

THIERRY HENRY

Like Zidane, at the time I was about 10 years old and really getting into football and understanding it, Thierry Henry was just at the top of his game. I just liked watching him because he was a great footballer and I admired the way he could change a game

MICHAEL JACKSON

Michael Jackson is a legend and his songs are still around to this day, which says it all really. He was a great performer as well. When he used to go on stage he lit the whole place up and I think that’s something sportsmen can relate to because we have got to go onto a stage and perform effectively week after week. Whoever you are off the pitch, you have to step on the pitch and perform.

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On 31/05/2016 at 0:21 AM, ja1 said:

He still played advanced for Emgland throughout in this tournament, as the no.10 in a 4-3-1-2/4-1-2-1-2. Watmore and Redmond ahead of him. Him and Baker having licence to roam forward meant England attacking were almost playing 4-2-4, with wingers Redmond and Watmore naturally drifting wide.

It was a 4-3-3 with Baker as a false #9 and RLC the most advanced midfielder.

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b/r:Ruben Loftus-Cheek Talks International Champions Cup, Chelsea Hopes and More

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“I got scouted so came down to Chelsea and really enjoyed it,” Loftus-Cheek told Bleacher Report. “We had a good group of players and I made some good friends. We used to win every game at that age group. It was so much fun. We used to go play Arsenal and the other teams, but we were still winning every game.”
“It was just Portacabins back when I first started coming here,” he told us, reinforcing just how long ago it was when he first arrived as a Chelsea player. “It’s changed a lot. We used to share it with Fulham at the old pavilion building, but then Chelsea took over the whole setup and made it into this great place.”
“We found out where the first-team building was, so we would be excited every time we came to training just to see if we could catch a glimpse of the players—if we were lucky enough to get a glimpse,” he recalled.
“It was great for us young kids. From what I can remember, John used to always come over and watch and chat with the parents about the players,” Loftus-Cheek explained.“It’s a really good memory to look back on, playing as a young kid and going through the age groups to now be playing with John. It’s a great thing that I have achieved.”
“When I was nine, 10 years old, I just played football for the fun of it,” he added. “I loved playing football. I used to play in the street with my mates. I’d play for the school, too, and I enjoyed it.“When I got older and hit 13, 14, it became a bit more real. My mum and dad said to me, that if I wanted to do this, I’ve got to give it everything.“Ever since then I’ve stuck at it and worked hard. It was definitely in the back of my mind at that time that I wanted to play for Chelsea.”
“Yeah, I was still a schoolboy in 2012,” he said. “I was injured for most of the season and I think I had a really good chance of playing all season, even though I was younger than most of the players. I managed to get back fit for the final, which was my first game back. Adi brought me on for the last 20 minutes and it was really good for me.”
“The experience against Norwich when we lost, I was gutted. Even though we had won it the season before, I wasn’t a key player in that team. Being injured, not playing and only coming on in the final, I wanted to win it by playing every game, going through those battles. I was really gutted to lose that final,” he reflected.
“It was immense against Fulham,” Loftus-Cheek said. “The first leg was tough as well and we brought it back just enough. In the return game at Stamford Bridge, I remember saying to the players: ‘We’ve got to go out fast and start well because we need to get back on track.’ We got the goal, but then Patrick scored for them and it was just a mad game.“Losing like we did to Norwich a year earlier really drove us on. The next season we came back and won it.“I didn’t feel any pressure as captain against Fulham. It was just great to be playing in front of a stadium full of people at that age. You don’t get thousands of people watching you every game, so as a squad we were really excited when the Youth Cup came around as we were playing in front of crowds and the game felt like it really meant something. I just wanted to go out and play football.”
“I remember everything about that. Coming down to the pre-match meeting, I didn’t think I would be involved but then I just saw my name on the starting sheet. It was a big surprise,” he revealed.“When we got to the stadium and I was lining up in the tunnel, David Luiz said to me: ‘You’re 17 and you’re playing for Chelsea. You can play in the first team for a while, so enjoy it. It’s a big moment for you.’“The fans are great over there. I didn’t realise there would be many ‘soccer’ fans,” he laughed. “The atmosphere was great and I enjoyed the games we played.“I’m definitely looking forward to going back to the big stadiums. We’re playing some really good teams and that will be fun.”
“I was 14,” he said without flinching, as if marking Frank Lampard in training as a teenager is the norm. “Jordan Houghton and I went over to train with the first team and Carlo Ancelotti was manager. The nerves were definitely there, but they go after a while.“I’ve been over here [with the first team] for a while now, and I’m playing more and more games. I feel like a part of the squad, an important player.”

Chelsea fans hope he remains a while longer yet.Ruben Loftus-Cheek Answers Your Questions.Before Bleacher Report spoke with Loftus-Cheek, we asked Chelsea fans to send us questions they would most like to ask him. So, we put some of them to the midfielder, and here’s how he responded:

@SimplyTareq: If you could play with any Chelsea legend, who would it be?Gianfranco Zola. I never really saw him play in person, but from the clips I’ve seen, he was magical. I would have to say Zola because of that.

@AMcGovern25: Who is the best player from the academy you have played with?It’s a tough one as there have been so many. Jeremie Boga is very good.

@ChelseaAnalytic: What’s the best advice you’ve had from a senior player at Chelsea?I speak to John Terry a lot. Whether it’s about football or other stuff, he’s always happy to help and talk to me. There’s not one thing I can say is the best advice he has given me, but I speak to John a lot.

@MokkaCheenu: How much of an influence has Guus Hiddink had on you? What are your impressions of him?He’s a really nice man. I wish him all the best in the future. He’s been willing to play me and give me a run of games towards the end of the season, which I’m grateful for. I really wish him all the best now that he’s leaving the club.

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