Loftus-Cheek, who has featured eight times for the Blues in all competitions so far this season, made his first start in the UEFA Champions League for over six years against Malmo away from home.
The 25-year-old has recently re-introduced himself to Chelsea supporters with some fine performances from the centre of midfield and that has now earned him some huge comparisons.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes the Chelsea star shares similarities with former Man City midfielder Toure, who was well known for his powerful runs from the centre of the pitch during his career at the Etihad Stadium.
Ferdinand told BT Sport: “He’s a fantastic specimen, first and foremost. The impact he has in certain positions, he can intimidate players. That was my biggest fear as a defender, when midfielders get in those positions. The strings he has to his bow are beautiful. He comes in with a drive and power. I liken him in full flow, like we’re seeing now, to Yaya Toure.”
His BT Sport colleague and former Chelsea winger Joe Cole was also very complimentary of Loftus-Cheek’s recent run in the Blues side.
Cole said: “He’s embraced this new role, a little bit deeper. He has always shown us glimpses. He’s a fantastic player.”
Thomas Tuchel, when speaking about Loftus-Cheek over the summer when he was strongly linked with a move away from Chelsea, said it was up to the midfielder to decide his own future, something he has clearly taken on board recently.
Tuchel said this in August: “It’s too early to judge Ruben. He has everything in his hands. He can decide his own future.”
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