Just two seasons ago, Andreas Christensen was just a youngster shipped out of the club on loan to learn his trade.
After two successful seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach, the 21-year-old came back to Chelsea a better player and a far more composed defender than his peers.
It’s no surprise that he has slotted into the Chelsea defence seamlessly, and the youngster has pointed to his loan spell with Monchengladbach as the reason for breaking into the Chelsea team.
“For me personally, it was the two biggest years of my career. If it went badly I might not be here now, but because it did I am here, feeling confident and in a good spot,” Christensen told Sky Sports.
“The experience of playing in the Champions League and at the top level for two years every week helped me a lot.
“Both for the club and for me personally, the plan was always to come back into the first team.
“Doing two years was important. It wasn’t just one year where you can go and might not get into the team straight away and you end up playing just some of the games.
“In the first season I learned about the club a bit more and then in the second I started the whole season and became an important player.
“I was lucky that it went so well and I got two full seasons out of it.”