'A big help': Harvey Vale names 26-year-old Chelsea player that's really helped him

Chelsea prospect Harvey Vale has shared that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has helped him massively.

Vale, 18, is an exciting teenager from the Blues academy that’s getting a taste of senior football at Stamford Bridge.

The left-footed attacking midfielder is regularly pictured in first-team training, plus he’s made five senior appearances so far this season across all competitions.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has seen enough in him to include him in his plans, which is yet more proof of how good the club’s academy at Cobham is.

Interestingly, Vale says it’s a Chelsea first teamer that followed his same path that’s been a mentor for him.

26-year-old midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who started out in the club’s academy many years ago, set the tone for so many Blues youngsters to earn promotions to the first team in recent seasons.

Vale has been asked about the praise he received from Loftus-Cheek after an FA Cup display against Luton Town earlier in March:

“Luton were really physical but I just tried to focus on my game. They might be more physical but if you think quickly, you are maybe able to get the better of them. And Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] has been a big help to me,” Vale said.

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Academy core at Chelsea

It’s great to see so many academy success stories scattered around the Blues first team.

Loftus-Cheek may not be a regular starter this campaign, but he’ll be a role model for so many in the youth system.

In addition, the likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are Chelsea first-team players that were made in the academy.

It won’t be a surprise to see more join the group next season, too.

The likes of Conor Gallagher, Armando Broja and Levi Colwill should all be in contention when they return from their respective loans.

It makes the current squad even easier to love when you see so many individuals that have played for Chelsea for years and years.

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