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Ruben Loftus-Cheek might have caught the eye with his performance for England against Germany on Friday night at the Wembley Stadium, but former Blue Pat Nevin believes the 21-year-old must continue to impress if he wants to stand a chance of getting into the Chelsea first team next season.

Nevin has told the youngster who’s on loan to Crystal Palace to improve on his goalscoring and assist feat.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Ruben has the physique equal of just about anyone in the Premier League, he clearly has skill to cope at the top level, so what does he have to do?

“If he scores between five and 10 goals this season, ups the number of assists and begins to boss midfields in the Premier League, then it will a no-brainer for the club I suspect. It is a high bar, but accept anything less and it will mean you will fail to be one of the top clubs in world football. It is rather strange that I have recently read that Tammy is being held back in his Chelsea career because he has been loaned out to Bristol City then Swansea, but that Ruben was held back because he wasn’t loaned out enough.

“You can’t win really, but I personally feel that it would have helped Ruben to have been loaned out a year earlier. I suspect first Jose and then Antonio felt that they needed cover in case of injuries and suspensions, which is certainly the manager’s prerogative. It is hard to fault last season; Antonio didn’t have many injuries, suspensions or indeed many defeats in the end and lest we forget, even Cesc Fabregas couldn’t get a game many weeks because of the extraordinary run the team went on.”

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