'Spot on', 'Big praise': Some Chelsea fans love what was said about Loftus-Cheek last night

A slice of Chelsea supporters on social media agreed with Rio Ferdinand’s recent remarks about Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Before and after the Blues Champions League game against Malmo last night, Ferdinand compared the style of Loftus-Cheek to Manchester City icon Yaya Toure.

“I liken him in full flow, to somebody who could potentially have the effect and impact in certain situations to someone like Yaya Toure,” said the former Manchester United defender ahead of the European tie.

Following Chelsea’s 1-0 victory, Ferdinand continued with this comparison.

“The name associated with him (Loftus-Cheek) at the moment, Yaya Toure. If he adds goals to his games, you can start talking like that. You can see the similarities.”

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Yes to Yaya

Of course, Loftus-Cheek has some way to go in reaching the levels Toure achieved whilst playing in the Premier League.

One of the division’s most formidable midfielders on his day, the former Ivory Coast international was an unstoppable force like no other.

Yet, there are certainly parallels between his skill set and those demonstrated by the current Chelsea man.

Loftus-Cheek also has possesses that ability to glide past opponents with ease, driving from deep into dangerous areas.

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Chelsea fans approved of Ferdinand’s assessment of their 25-year-old and Toure.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/TheScore01/status/1455800909485727745?s=20

Dribble king

Yesterday’s European tie was a prime example of the Toure-esque talent’s stored away in Loftus-Cheek’s locker.

On numerous occasions, he danced his way through the Malmo press, with close control not often allied to a man of his frame.

Unfortunately, unlike Toure, there was not always a killer pass or dangerous shot at the end of these runs.

However, as Ferdinand alluded to, if Loftus-Cheek can improve in the final third, he will be a destructive weapon.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.