Thiago Silva has already carried out loads for Chelsea since becoming a member of the membership final summer time, however maybe the most effective factor to return from his switch is the impression it has had on Andreas Christensen.
Thrown to the aspect to create space for the Brazilian earlier within the season, Christensen was introduced into the beginning lineup again in February due to an damage to Silva, and it couldn’t have labored out higher for him.
Enjoying on the coronary heart of Thomas Tuchel’s again three, Christensen has seemed like a person possessed throughout his time within the crew. He has crammed in for Silva with perfection, bringing the dominance and composure that solely the veteran was supposed to supply.
Tuchel now finds himself with a little bit of a conundrum. Silva is again from damage and has carried out nothing to benefit a spell on the bench, significantly given his shut relationship with the boss, however how can he justify dropping Christensen?
Heading into this Saturday’s assembly with West Bromwich Albion, Christensen is on a run of over 14 hours for membership and nation with out conceding a purpose, however he hasn’t simply been a passenger over that point. The Dane has been very good and has been dragging his crew to wash sheet after clear sheet.
Chelsea have lots of elite performers nowadays, however Christensen must be the primary identify on the crew sheet, no matter who’s knocking on the door.
The 24-year-old has recovered from a shaky season final 12 months in emphatic vogue, and never solely is he doing effectively for his sake, however Christensen is making his team-mates higher. Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and even Emerson have all seemed higher alongside him, whereas Cesar Azpilicueta will get a lot license to roam forwards due to his solidity on the again.
Luis Suarez, Joao Felix, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Son Heung-min are simply a few of the names who’ve come unstuck towards Christensen and his bunch of merry males just lately, and Tuchel can not afford to disrupt that for the sake of it.
If Christensen is benched for Silva, anticipate it to be non permanent. He performed twice on worldwide responsibility and will most likely profit from a relaxation, and with a giant Champions League assembly with Porto on the horizon, retaining the Dane recent could also be a sensible transfer.
Nonetheless, if Christensen can play, he has to. He merely has to.
Chelsea are on the hunt for a younger, skilled centre-back to take over from Silva subsequent season and lead the crew for the subsequent decade, however they may simply have stumbled upon the proper various in Christensen.
Tuchel should give him the possibility he deserves to show himself able to main this crew. If the previous few weeks are something to go by, he is acquired all of the instruments wanted to do it.
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