Andreas Christensen is the new John Terry, pass it on.
Although Chelsea are having an indifferent post-title season under Antonio Conte, they have uncovered a genuine defensive star.
The Blues have forgotten what it feels like to concede a goal while the 21-year-old Dane is on the field.
Chelsea haven’t conceded a single goal in their last four Premier League football games while Christensen has been on the pitch.
Sitting in the middle of a back three the imposing youngster has brought a level of solidity and calmness to the side that is all too lacking when David Luiz or Gary Cahill step in.
Clean sheets against West Brom, Newcastle and Brighton were put into stark contrast to Chelsea shipping three goals at home to Bournemouth shortly after Christensen was subbed off.
After two seasons on loan in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach Christensen has made the miraculous return to the Chelsea first team that literally hundreds of Vitesse Arnhem players are dreaming of.
The Dane’s progress away from the club and route back into the Premier League shows that there may yet be method to Chelsea’s loan structure madness.
Christensen played 31 first team games in both of his seasons in the Bundesliga having previously made it onto the pitch for just 12 minutes.
But you guessed it, they didn’t concede when he came onto the pitch for that cameo either.
Chelsea started the season with England captain Gary Cahill, David Luiz who had been signed from PSG the year before and new signing Antonio Rudiger from Roma.
Despite all that talent Antonio Conte put his trust in Christensen and has been paid back handsomely.
Prior to the West Brom win last night there was severe unrest at Stamford Bridge over whether Conte would keep his job.
A 3-0 win looks to have staved off the rumours for another week at least.
Keeping Christensen fit could be the key to Conte keeping his job.
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