Chelsea legend Joe Cole has hailed Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger for his exceptional performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.
An own goal from Federico Fernandez and Tammy Abraham goal helped secure the victory for the Blues.
Rudiger came close to leaving Chelsea in the summer but gave a commanding performance against Newcastle in what was his first Premier League appearance of the campaign and Cole felt the Germany international’s display spoke volumes for his professionalism.
Cole told BT Sport: “It’s the nature of the beast when you’re at a club like Chelsea or any of the big boys, you know every summer they are bringing in players to strengthen.
“They’re not bringing in players to come and sit on the bench, they are bringing in players to make an impact on the pitch.
“Rudiger is a difficult one because he’s been captain and he’s a senior player but you have to give credit where credit is due.
“It’s a difficult day for him. He’s come in and pitched it right. It looked like the biggest credit I could pay him is that Thiago Silva wasn’t even missed one bit. He just came in did his job and it was an exceptional performance.”