We need to talk about Andreas Christensen.
The Dane was once considered one of the gems of our academy, showing maturity beyond his tender years at the heart of the defence.
Under Antonio Conte he began to make the transition from promising prospect into Chelsea first-team player, but his performances dipped at the start of 2018.
Conte, fighting for his job, froze Christensen out, opting for experience over what the youngster could provide in the future – a future the Italian was not going to be a part of.
With Conte dismissed, Christensen was offered a new lease of life under Maurizio Sarri, but once again, he found opportunities hard to come by.
Sarri, renown for his stubbornness and lack of rotation, has fielded Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz in a back four virtually all season. Christensen has played in the cups.
While he has performed, consistently, he has never had much of a chance of breaking into our Premier League starting eleven. Until now…
Rudiger is set to sit out the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign with a knee injury, which allows Christensen the opportunity to start all of our remaining games.
The issue is, Christensen is in what could be his worst ever form…
Crisis for Christensen?
Christensen has kept zero clean sheets in his last five appearances, which usually wouldn’t be a cause for concern for a player of his age.
However, he kept nine in the 12 games prior to this poor run of form, which is likely what gave Sarri confidence in him in the first place.
His form has subsequently tailed off, which could mean that he has no chance of breaking into the lineup permanently – if it continues, of course.
This is the time where he needs to show Sarri why he is the best fit for his backline, but with his recent form, and our recent results, he won’t do that.
Christensen needs to pull it out of the bag – for himself, more than anyone.