Ferdinand says ‘unplayable’ Loftus-Cheek can emulate Yaya Toure as Chelsea star shines on first CL start in SIX YEARS

RIO FERDINAND claims Ruben Loftus-Cheek can emulate Yaya Toure.

Recalled Loftus-Cheek showed why Ferdinand rates him ‘unplayable at times’ in Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Malmo

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the standout performer in Chelsea's 1-0 Champions League group victory at Malmo

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the standout performer in Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League group victory at MalmoCredit: Getty
Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes his tireless display in Sweden will earn him more regular Chelsea starts under Thomas Tuchel

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Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes his tireless display in Sweden will earn him more regular Chelsea starts under Thomas TuchelCredit: Getty

The tireless midfielder was the Blues‘ main man on his first Champions League start for six years.

And his display suggested ex-Manchester United defender Ferdinand was not being fanciful comparing him to Etihad all-time great Toure.

The former England superstar told BT Sport: “I love him. He’s a fantastic specimen, first and foremost. 

“I liken him, in full flow, to someone like Yaya Toure.

“‘He can intimidate players. When he turns and goes full pelt, it’s unplayable at times. 

“As a centre back that’s one of your biggest fears.

‘He’s a fantastic talent. He’s as comfortable in the wide areas of a front three as he is in front of the defence. 

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“You don’t get that with many players. The strings he has to his bow are beautiful.”

Loftus-Cheek is winning boss Thomas Tuchel round this season.

But he still faces a tough fight to become a regular as Tuchel also has Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Saul Niguez.

He played the whole game on Tuesday night, though, as Hakim Ziyech nipped in to sink the Swedes on 56 minutes.

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