While Morata, Fabregas and Kantè stole headlines after our important home win against Manchester United on Sunday, the contributions of Christensen towards achieving the victory cannot be overstated. It was the performance of the day for a lot of people, and one worth appreciating.
Before kick-off, the biggest question on everybody’s lips was how we’d cope with the firepower of a United team that had only lost once all season. But we were more solid at the back than ever, and it’s largely due to the introduction of Christensen in our back three, in place of David Luiz. Nobody quite saw it coming, but it was a justified switch in the end because it paid off.
The 21-year-old Dane was able to completely shut out a much older Romelu Lukaku from our goal. It was an impressive display, and one a lot of people probably didn’t think would be, but if you’d watched the lad play in the past, it wouldn’t be such a surprise he was that good.
Andreas Christensen has come up through the Chelsea youth ranks, and has gradually worked his way to the place he is at the moment. Now, the only question more people are perhaps asking for is whether or not he’ll be allowed to continue growing with the senior team at Chelsea. Sunday’s decision to play him seems to have hinted he’s in for more than just a few cameos.
If he’s going to keep his position in the team, it’d mean that he needs to keep his consistency, and continue to improve. The Chelsea youth program isn’t exactly the most trusting and inspiring at the moment, with incessant transfers and sales of our most promising talents. This year alone, we lost some decent players. So if Christensen is to keep soaring, he’ll need absolute trust from the club. He’s 21, and showing signs of excellence already. With a little support, he might just be the next best thing in football.