Chelsea star Loftus-Cheek's dad raves about Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid on October 31,...

Dad of Chelsea talent Ruben Loftus-Cheek praises Tottenham boss.

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There is no love lost between Tottenham and Chelsea supporters and on the pitch the two clubs are genuine challengers for top honours in recent years.

Chelsea have let the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bryne leave and have also not once but twice sold Nemanja Matic, most recently to title rivals Manchester United.

One of the Blues' star young players Ruben Loftus-Cheek is currently out on a season-long loan at Crystal Palace.

He has not been able to get a look-in at Stamford Bridge, a fact cast into the spotlight by the midfielder's excellent performance for England against Germany last week despite having just 22 Chelsea appearances to his name coming up to his 22nd birthday.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of England and IIkay Gundogan of Germany battle for possession during the International friendly match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 10,...

The elegant and marauding midfielder fits the profile of player Mauricio Pochettino likes to work with and he could be in the position to do just that if comments from Loftus-Cheek's dad are anything to go by.

Loftus-Cheek's dad Trevor told The Daily Mail his son has been 'held back' at Chelsea and suggested he would be better off at Spurs.

"He should have been playing," Trevor told the Mail.

"Everyone behind the scenes was asking: 'why isn't he playing?' If Ruben was playing for Mauricio Pochettino, he'd have 70, 80, 90 first team appearances by now.

"He is like a Rolls Royce. He used to win all of the player of the year awards."

By far the youngest team in the Premier League, Pochettino's Spurs side are full of energy and it shows in their play and their results.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentine head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) congratulates his English striker Harry Kane for his hat-trick as he is substituted during the UEFA Champions League...

Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Ben Davies, Harry Winks, Davinson Sanchez and Serge Aurier are all 24 or younger and have hundreds of senior top flight appearances between them.

It's easy to see why Loftsu-Cheek's dad would be making admiring glances in the direction of North London with those kind of statistics.

Depending on how well he performs over the course of a season with Palace, Loftus-Cheek could well command a big transfer fee come next summer. 

But that will do little to perturb Spurs who can compete with the top clubs financially and will soon move into their new 61,000 seater home.

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