Chelsea academy graduate Andreas Christensen has the potential to construct on his breakthrough and turn into one of many membership’s greatest-ever gamers, in keeping with former technical director Michael Emenalo.
Regardless of starting the season on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s group, Christensen has began eight and appeared in 11 of Chelsea’s 15 Premier League matches this time period, taking part in 90 minutes in opposition to Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United and Liverpool.
One among Emenalo’s closing acts earlier than asserting his shock resignation from Chelsea final month was to stroll onto the Stamford Bridge pitch and provides Christensen a hug after he produced a remarkably assured show in the midst of Conte’s again three in a 1-Zero victory over United.
Emenalo views Christensen’s emergence after two years with Borussia Monchengladbach as a validation of the controversial mass mortgage system he helped to plot at Chelsea, and he believes the defender’s potential is large.
“The factor I can inform you is Andreas Christensen, along with his technical qualities, his character, his need, his love for the membership… he’s a possible nice,” Emenalo stated in an interview with talkSPORT. “I do not know the way else to place it, however he is an excellent, great participant. We’re all thrilled.
“He has proven a variety of intelligence in accepting the pathway offered to him with out hesitation — to go to Borussia Monchengladbach — to make sure he is able to come again and play. You do not dangle round in Cobham and maintain asking to be given an opportunity.”
Christensen’s sport time has come largely on the expense of David Luiz, who was dropped by Conte for the United win earlier than struggling a knee harm that has dominated him out of the matchday squad for Chelsea’s final two matches.
Luiz’s extended absence has raised questions on his long-term future at Stamford Bridge, however a sequence of reviews have additionally steered that Conte may depart on the finish of the season as a consequence of tensions with the Chelsea hierarchy.
Conte was annoyed by various setbacks in final summer season’s troubled switch window, however Emenalo, who has since been appointed sporting director of Monaco, insisted this performed no half in his personal determination to resign.
“Nothing occurred,” he added. “I had an exquisite 10 years at Chelsea, with optimistic strain and a variety of issues that occurred. I simply felt that issues had been in place and issues appeared very strong and really steady and I wanted a brand new problem.
“If you’ve been at a spot for thus lengthy, I have not actually had an opportunity to step out and breathe and see what’s on the market. I’ve been very targeted on every little thing Chelsea and it simply got here to a time, proper bang on 10 years, the place I felt it was time for me to go and do one thing else.”
Liam is ESPN FC’s Chelsea correspondent. Observe him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.