Chelsea fans on Twitter urge Jose Mourinho to play Ruben Loftus-Cheek more often

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea fans believe Ruben Loftus-Cheek is better than Tottenham's Dele Alli.

There hasn't been a great deal for Chelsea fans to shout about this season. Having won the Premier League title last season, many expected the Blues to repeat the trick this term, but it's been a nightmare for Jose Mourinho's men so far.

With just four wins to their name in the league, Chelsea sit in 14th place, only two points clear of the relegation zone after another stunning defeat last weekend, this time losing 1-0 at home to recently promoted Bournemouth.

The failings this season have piled the pressure on manager Mourinho, and fans are also desperate for their Portuguese manager to change something.

Specifically, they are keen to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek given a chance in the first team. A Blues player since the age of eight, Loftus-Cheek has come up through the ranks, and gives Chelsea a rare chance to develop a homegrown player, given that they have often been criticised for their lack of youth policy.

This term, Loftus-Cheek has played just 64 minutes of Premier League action, with one start and two substitute appearances; hardly enough time to prove his worth.

A young, athletic, fearless player could spark Chelsea in to life, and fans are particularly frustrated given that one of their London rivals are showing them how it's done.

Tottenham famously brought through Harry Kane last season, but the impact of midfielder Dele Alli this season has been sensational. Playing in League One last season, Alli has burst on to the scene in the top flight, scoring three goals already this term - as well as a goal for England against France.

Both Alli and Loftus-Cheek are 19, possess great athleticism and have been tipped for bright futures. The difference right now is that Alli has been given the confidence and belief by manager Mauricio Pochettino to go and make an impression in the top flight, whereas Loftus-Cheek is sitting on the sidelines at Chelsea.

Over the past few weeks, Chelsea fans have been voicing their frustration at the situation, and have taken to Twitter in order to urge Mourinho to look at what Pochettino is doing at Spurs and give Loftus-Cheek a chance, just as Alli has been given at Tottenham.

Here are some of the reactions from Chelsea fans on Twitter, suggesting that Mourinho should let Loftus-Cheek copy Alli's success this season...

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