Ray Wilkins says Ruben Loftus-Cheek can be as good as Dele Alli

Ray Wilkins Assistant manager of Aston Villa shares a joke with Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge...

Can Chelsea-owned Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek be as good as Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli?

English footballer Ray Wilkins on the field for  Queens Park Rangers FC, circa 1990.

Former Rangers and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins has told talkSPORT that Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek can be as good as Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli.

Loftus-Cheek is 21 years of age and operates as a midfielder, and he is currently on loan at Crystal Palace.

The England Under-21 international joined Palace on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur shakes hands with Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur after he is subbed during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham...

The youngster’s performances for the Eagles so far this campaign have been encouraging, and he is set to make his debut for the England national football team against Germany this evening.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins has spoken highly of Loftus-Cheek, and believes that he can be as good as Alli.

Alli is one of the best young players in the Premier League and has established himself as a key figure for Tottenham.

The 21-year-old England international is also a regular in the England starting lineup when he is fit.

Liverpool's Scottish defender Andrew Robertson (R) vies with Crystal Palace's English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and...

Wilkins told talkSPORT about Loftus-Cheek: “This fella has great technique. He’s got two feet, he’s got energy and pace, he can score a goal and he can create goals.”

“Dele has played around 200 games now and he’s only 21 - I honestly do believe Loftus-Cheek has the ability to be equally as good as him, no question about it,” added Wilkins.

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