Andreas Christensen’s position in Chelsea was in doubt despite a successful two-year loan spell in Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 21-year-old was evidently behind Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta and summer signing Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order. But after a stunning performance against Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday, even Antonio Conte would be in awe of the 21-year-old.
Despite his young age and in such a high pressured game, Christensen showed maturity way beyond his age in a position where many managers don’t take for granted.
Christensen showed great composure, his passing was accurate, he was calm on the ball, he made so many clearances and won a lot of aerial balls and did extremely well when against the league’s best striker – Harry Kane.
A highlight of his performance was how he covered for his teammates Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta as he was in the centre of the defence.
See two of his stats below that show how Christensen has matured in his game.
The Dane international made a game-high eight successful clearances. He also completed 100 per cent of his 16 passes.
Jamie Redknapp said of his performance: “I thought Andreas Christensen today did a brilliant job on Kane.
“I thought he was fantastic. Sometimes with managers, what they tend to do is they think I’ve got to go into the market, I’ve got to go and buy players and there might be someone in your academy, that’s staring you in your face.
“I know he is 21 years of age, he was on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach last year, gave him a lot of experience but he was so good today, so assured, made so many blocks and he should be extremely proud of himself.”
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