The former Chelsea manager believes that the 20-year-old has what it takes to emulate the 2002 World Cup runner-up, who spent four years at Stamford Bridge
“He reminds me of Ballack – physically and the way he plays,” Waddle told BT Sport. “He gets in the box and he moves well off the ball. He likes that position in behind the front player. Whether he’s going to get those opportunities I’m not sure.
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“You’ve got [Eden] Hazard and Oscar who want to play there. Willian has appeared in that position and they might go and buy somebody else. He’s got a lot of challenges to get that position but he’s a prospect.”
Loftus-Cheek has played 12 times in all competitions for Chelsea this term, and marked his appearance against Aston Villa with his first Premier League goal for the club in a 4-0 win.