Inter Milan have an interest in Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen. Sky Italia claim that the Serie A side have enquired about the availability of the defender with a view of bringing him to Italy. The Dane has been at Stamford Bridge since 2012, but he won’t be well known to the Premier League audience as he has featured only once for the first team.
It has been his two-year loan spell with Borussia Monchengladbach that has seen him realise his potential as he emerged as one of the best centre-backs in the Bundesliga. At the age of 21, he has over a decade of his career ahead of him and he has the potential to be one of the best defenders in the world.
In addition to his experience in Germany, he has been capped 11 times by Denmark. Chelsea shouldn’t entertain the option of selling Christensen and now they have changed to a three-man defence, it may be the right time to bring him into the first team.
This will be the first season in decades that John Terry isn’t at the club and he does leave big shoes to fill. Gary Cahill is viewed as the obvious replacement, as he already took over the captaincy duties last year. However, he was a weakness last season at times and Antonio Conte may opt to bring replace him in the starting eleven.
As a player that the defence can be built around for years to come, Christensen is a more obvious replacement for Terry.
The Danish international is far better suited to a three-man defence than Cahill. Christensen is a confident defender, who reads the game with maturity. His positioning can’t often be faulted and he is aggressive in the tackle when the situation demands.
In keeping with the modern-day trends, the 21-year-old is confident on the ball and possesses an impressive passing range for a defensive player. He is brave enough to bring the ball over the halfway line and launch attacks for his team.
Although he has a lot going for him, he isn’t the finished article, as he hasn’t mastered the ability of organising a defence. That won’t bother Conte too much as he is only 21-years-old and he has time to become better in that aspect. There are few better defensive coaches in football than the Italian and Christensen will only benefit from working under him at Stamford Bridge.
Conte will realise the importance of adding balance to his squad, as it isn’t currently geared towards the 3-4-3 formation. He enjoyed a lot of success with the tactic last season, but he was relying on a core of 14-15 players.
That won’t be possible this season with the added stresses of the Champions League. It is important that he signs players, but he also needs to look at the players that have been out on loan and make a judgement on those that can contribute at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian showed last season that he is open to bringing in players that have been loaned out, with the most obvious example being Victor Moses. From those that have returned to the club this summer, Christensen is the one with the best chance of featuring in the first team.
Chelsea will need five centre backs next season, at least, and although Antonio Rudiger is expected to come in, that still leaves a space open to Christensen. He may not start the season in the team, but if he is kept around the squad, he is one to keep an eye on as a player that could break into the starting eleven as the months progress.