For many fans it was clear that Andreas Christensen has no future at Chelsea not long ago, but after a difficult period at the beginning of the season he played his way back into the starting eleven and won the fans back. For me it was clear that it would be a big mistake to sell him, as I really rate him and see him a top defender. He is certainly a man for the future and one who has the potential to become a world class defender.
Christensen has had a tough time this season. He had a couple of games at the beginning of the season but then he lost his place to Tomori and Zouma. Many fans thought that he had no future at Chelsea and that he wouldn’t return, especially after Rüdiger returned from his injury. Many claimed he is a good player but not made for the Premier League as he was physically inferior to the players. I also believed that he wasn’t physically strong but he could make up for this with other qualities.
The Danish international is a very intelligent player. With Zouma, who shoots forward immediately when is under pressure, you can expect from Christensen to always be calm on the ball. His forward passes are accurate and lead to a good game build-up, exactly what Lampard wants from his defenders. So it was no wonder that Barcelona wanted him, who are often looking for central defenders with the ability to read the game and a good ball handling similar to Gerard Pique. Christensen is also fast and his positional play is good. With his 23 years he still has his best years ahead of him and can improve in every aspect of his game. But you can see that he is improving his major weakness – his physicality. Against Burnley he had no problems with covering the physically strong Chris Wood and he won several aerial duels against him. There is still room for improvement but that shows that he is regularly improving and takes the advice seriously.
John Terry even said about Christensen in 2014: “Believe me, I am sure that he will be a top footballer and one of the future men for Chelsea.” (Source: TV2 Sporten, per Sky Sports)
There was also interest of AC Milan in January according to the transfer expert “Di Marzio” but Lampard insisted that he will stay. That shows the faith that Lampard has in Christensen. He could have sold him after his poor performances and bought Aké for £40m but as it looks like he is in the plans of Lampard.
Andreas Christensen is a player that has to stay at Chelsea. He has the potential to become a world class player, he just needs game time. For me he is already the best centre back at Chelsea and has the chance to become a legend at Chelsea if he keeps improving. For me it would be a shame if the fans write him off and he becomes elsewhere a word class player as De Bruyne or Salah.