- Andreas Christensen is the first Chelsea academy graduate to play three consecutive Premier League games since John Terry.
- The Dane has ousted David Luiz to force his way into Antonio Conte’s starting XI:
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Andreas Christensen’s supreme talent and sky-high potential is hardly headline news, but his emergence as an established first-team player at Stamford Bridge very much is.
Chelsea’s academy has enjoyed success after success in recent seasons, winning multiple FA Youth Cups and back-to-back UEFA Youth Leagues. However, not one of our talented youngsters has been able to establish themselves as a starter in the first-team.
Christensen has. Antonio Conte has opted to leave David Luiz out of the team and instead place his faith in the Denmark international – and we have been better off for it.
Christensen’s success is a victory for the academy and a message to the plethora of talented young players on our books – if you’re good enough, you will get a chance under Conte’s stewardship.
A damning stat…
Just how hard it is to penetrate the Chelsea starting eleven has been summed up in one shocking stat by the Metro. Christensen is the first academy graduate since John Terry to start three consecutive Premier League games.
Let’s hope that he won’t be the last, and we won’t have to wait so long for the next.