Four more Chelsea prospects who could 'surprise' after Jose's comments on Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said he expects Ruben Loftus-Cheek to be a 'big surprise' next season. Here, we take a look at four more who could join him...

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has singled out Ruben Loftus-Cheek to make a big impact in the Premier League next season, after making his debut for the Blues earlier in the 2014/15 campaign.

After the win against West Ham United on Wednesday, Mourinho was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: ''I had Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the bench and I have to say that, in my opinion, next year, this kid will be a big surprise in the Premier League.

''This season, if I was not playing for the title and if we were not playing with the pressure we have when you are playing for the title, this kid would already be on the pitch.'' 

The comments on Loftus-Cheek by the manager can be no surprise given his performances when called upon for the senior side and for the Under-21s this season. However, we believe the England Under-20 international may not be the only Chelsea starlet to be a big surprise for the Premier League next season. 

Here, we take a look at four players from the Chelsea academy who could look to burst onto the scene in 2015/16. 

Patrick Bamford

Currently on-loan at Middlesbrough, the former Nottingham Forest frontman has certainly made a name for himself in the English second-tier over the past two seasons. 

The 21-year-old, who enjoyed a spell at Derby County last season, has once again been in the thick of a title fight in the Championship and has arguably been one of his loan side's most important players in their fight for Premier League football.

Although he has shown a certain level of consistency for the past 12-months in the Championship, the form from his last 10 games in all competitions - five goals and one assist - is certainly something that could attract the attention of Jose Mourinho.

Nathan Ake

The almost forgotten man of Chelsea has seemingly been overlooked for large parts this season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Dutch Under-21 international come back to the forefront of Mourinho's plans with a good pre-season. 

Now 20, the Blues utility man has had to wait patiently for his calling for the first-team squad after years of being touted as a potential star of the future. 

Although he will have to prove himself in the summer and show himself to be worthy of a squad place, the versatility of the youngster should stand him in good stead when the Portuguese boss decides on who he wants to keep and who he will look to loan out.

He clearly has the potential to make an impact, but will need to work hard to show his manager that is the case.

Lucas Piazon

The Brazilian youth international, according to Bild, looks to be on the cusp of leaving the Blues. However, he has shown great potential and ability while he has been out on loan. 

Often young players need just a handful of appearances to show what they're capable of, and Piazon could be a good example of exactly that. 

The Brazilian has been outstanding in both the Eredivisie and Bundesliga, so it seems bizarre Mourinho would be willing to cut the youngster loose after showing the form he has. 

Although it will be difficult to give him game time, the 21-year-old could be a fantastic impact player off the bench that would undoubtedly add creativity and a goal threat for the Blues when needed. 

Dominic Solanke 

The 17-year-old, who will be 18 in September, has shown unquestionable potential and could be someone Mourinho looks to integrate into the first-team as soon as possible. 

Although still young, the Berkshire-born forward, along with Manchester United's James Wilson, is arguably the best teenage striker in England and is certainly someone who the former Real Madrid boss should look to develop on his own terms rather than out on loan. 

The England Under-18 forward is currently the UEFA Youth League top goalscorer and has netted 28 goals in all competitions this season, from the Under-18s to the Under-21s, and has already featured in the Champions League under Jose Mourinho.

He is clearly a player with a big future at Stamford Bridge but whether he will break onto the scene next season remains to be seen. 

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