Deployed in the No.10 role, the 20-year-old Blues midfielder made the most of rare first-team Premier League minutes to net the first domestic goal of his fledgling playing career.
Interim manager Guus Hiddink named a youthful starting line-up for the away clash at Villa Park, with Loftus-Cheek one of four players under the age of 21.
The England under-21 international proved to be an inspired pick for the experienced Dutch coach as he scored the game’s opening goal on 26 minutes.
Collecting Cesar Azpilicueta’s low cross from the right flank, the athletic youngster did well to turn his shot past Brad Guzan to commence the eventual 4-0 rout of the league's basement club.
Loftus-Cheek had been tipped by many to enjoy a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge but Saturday’s thrashing of Villa was just his second league start of the campaign.
The dynamic playmaker was buoyant after being handed the chance to show his dedication to the club and allowed himself to display his emotions after finding the back of the net.
“I was really happy and my passion for the game came through in that celebration.” he told the club’s official website.
“I work hard every day and to get an opportunity and score was massive for me.”