The 'English Socrates': Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a future Chelsea and England star

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The midfielder is set to play against Sporting Lisbon this evening.

Tonight sees Chelsea, already through to the next round of the Champions League as group winners, take on Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge.

While Jose Mourinho has admitted he will be resting a selection of best Chelsea players, it will still be a strong team that faces the Portuguese outfit this evening.

However, there will be an opportunity for one young man who everyone should be talking about.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek once made the headlines for the supposedly wrong reasons. Back in March 2013 it was revealed by several papers, whether correct or not, that Loftus-Cheek was earning £1.7 million a year already.

It seems unlikely that this is the actual fee he cashes in annually, but if it was, in today's market that is fair price for a superbly talented young English footballer.

At just 18-years-old so far not much has been seen of this young man.

But he is technically gifted. Those two words have become almost a holy grail in English football, words thrown together without any true understanding of its meaning.

Put it this way. Loftus-Cheek is an outstanding passer of the ball, dribbles as if gliding above the turf and has a wonderful first touch. Add to that his natural strength emanating from his 6foot-plus frame and you have ready built future star on your hands.

During the NextGen Series, which Chelsea finished as runner-ups of in 2013, he was dubbed the 'English Socrates' in the past, after the infamous Brazilian footballer who once led Brazil with such effortless guile.

Loftus-Cheek has that about him. It comes seemingly easy to him, like a Yaya Toure or Patrick Vieira. For him his potential is limited only by his will to succeed.

If he applies himself Chelsea and England have a mercurial game changer waiting to be unleashed. If not, he will forever be one of those dangerous players who 'didn't have the head' for the big time.

Tonight we get to see our first real taste of what could potentially be a future star of the English game.

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