The 18-year-old midfielder replaced Cesc Fabregas in the final 10 minutes of the game at home to Sporting CP, and put in a promising performance.
He completed some impressive passing manoeuvres, and his naturally physical build allowed him to charge through the middle of the park into a number of threatening positions. A natural talent, he looks to have all the ability to make it at the top level of the game, and his grace on the pitch has had the likes of Barcelona looking at him in the past.
It was a special night at Stamford Bridge for the youngster, and, judging by the response Loftus-Cheek received with every touch of the ball, there are real hopes that he will make the grade and become the poster boy of the current rising crop of Chelsea and England stars.
Head coach Jose Mourinho has already named Loftus-Cheek as one of the players who should become an England regular in the future under his tutelage, and, during the game, it appeared as if his teammates were trying to give him the perfect start to his career at Stamford Bridge. He was commonly the target for passes late in the game, and one such pass found him inside the area as he hit the side netting with a close-range shot - although he was in an offside position.
This belief that Mourinho has shown in the youngster has also extend to the senior players in the Chelsea ranks, and Loic Remy has claimed that Loftus-Cheek is set for a big future in the game.
“He is a good player and will learn a lot with us,” the French forward told Standard Sport. “From what I have seen in training and from what I saw last night, I think he has a big future.”
Loftus-Cheek is likely to go back to playing with the Under-18’s and Under-21’s this season, although he is set to continue training with the first-team squad on a consistent basis. He may be in the matchday squad for the Blues' League Cup quarter final tie with Derby County next week, but it is likely that his next real chance at taking to the field of play will be in January, with Chelsea hosting Championship side Watford in the FA Cup third round.