The inconsistent nature of Chelsea’s season is well-documented. Our feeble title defence has seen fans lost in the fantasy island of celebrating consecutive title win that obviously look bleak. More heart aching is the fact that we might not be playing Champions League football.
One shining light of our underwhelming season so far has been the emergence of academy graduate, Andreas Christensen. The Danish defender is the first player to become a Chelsea first team regular after years of waiting for a youngster to make a breakthrough from our academy. The 21-year-old put in solid performances that convinced manager, Antonio Conte that he was ready to make the giant step into the team and even replaced the erratic and out-of-favour David Luiz. Justifiably the youngster repaid his manager’s faith in him.
Recently, the young Dane has suffered a slump in form and confidence. Mistakes in recent games: the careless across the goal pass against Barca which resulted in Lionel Messi’s equaliser, lack of positional sense against Manchester United which led to Jesse Lingard’s winner and his miscued attempted clearance against are examples. The Dane is surely a potential for the club, but his recent struggles are becoming increasingly worrisome.
Here are 3 ways Conte can help him get back to his best:
The Italian obviously doesn’t trust David Luiz and Gary Cahill to lead Chelsea’s defence anymore. This shows the importance of Christensen to the team. If Conte can give motivational boost to the player – managing expectations, telling him how good a player he is and also helping him focus more on his strengths than weaknesses might just be the tonic young Christensen needs to help him get back to his best. The mental challenge he’s facing can be solved depending on Conte’s motivational ability.
SPECIAL COACHING PRACTICE:
Most times a young player might just need space with a trainer to help guide him on the increasing weaknesses in his game. Putting him through his paces, using video analysis of his performances and pointing out areas he needs to improve and equally backing him to do so in an arranged special training regimen might just work wonders for Christensen.
TIME TO CHARGE THE PLAYER TO LEARN FROM THE BEST:
Another way to help Christensen could be to get external help from former players who were defenders. The likes of John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Nesta, Maldini, Cannavaro, Nemanja Vidic, etc are all notable great defenders who he can learn from to help improve his game.
It’s about time the club show concern for the form of Christensen and find ways to get him back to his best. Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!