Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen caught the eye with his solid performance in Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, according to former Chelsea winger Clive Walker.
“On a day when the team’s performance and the result were not the ones we were looking for, it was Andreas Christensen who caught my eye for the way he played against one of the best teams around. It looks like we have a young star coming through,” Walker wrote in Chelsea’s official website.
“The policy of the club is to have a development squad and part of the process involves sending players out on loan to prepare them to play in the first team. Christensen is the perfect example because of the preparation he went through at Borussia Monchengladbach. He learnt an immense amount in his time away and we now see him stepping into the boots of David Luiz when the Brazilian is not there.
“By playing well against a team like Manchester City and in his appearances before then, there is confidence now that he can step into that position at any time. We know the style Antonio Conte wants to play from the back. He wants Thibaut Courtois to play out and the ball worked through defence into midfield and up top, and the manager is able to trust in Christensen to be part of that because of the experience he gained on loan.
“His aerial ability has long been there, he is a tall lad and his physicality is growing, and his reading of the game and ability on the ball is totally in his favour.
“He is in form and looks the part and also gives the option of David Luiz being moved into midfield if needed, with Christensen taking the place in the middle of the defence as happened towards the end of the game in Madrid. He could also be yet another option for one of the other places in the back three if needed.”