Chelsea legend makes bold prediction about Nathan Ake after Stamford Bridge return

Pat Nevin feels that Nathan Ake could be set to force himself into the Chelsea first-team this season

Pat Nevin has suggested that Nathan Ake could be set for a regular place in the Chelsea first team this season following his return to Stamford Bridge.

The Dutch defender was hugely impressive during his loan spell at Bournemouth this season and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte opted to recall the youngster this month.

It remains to be seen whether Ake can force his way back into the Chelsea team this season as he bids to help the Blues win the Premier League title.

Nevin has been hugely impressed by what he saw from Ake during his spell at the Vitality Stadium this term and says he would not be surprised to see him fight for a place in the starting line-up at Chelsea.

Writing in his column for Chelsea’s website, Nevin said: “Nathan Ake comes back into the fold.

“When he left on loan to Bournemouth it always looked like he would have more chance of a few starts there than at Chelsea, but his progression has been monumentally impressive in that short spell on the south coast. He joins us back at Cobham with the expectation he will get quite a few more opportunities for the first team from now on in.

“Of course there are top defenders in situ and a few including Brana, JT and Kurt Zouma not even in the side most weeks, but such is Nathan’s improvement it is not beyond the realms of possibility he could jump right to the front of the queue.

“After scoring three goals in eight league starts from centre back for The Cherries, let’s hope he has kept a few back for the Blues between now and the end of the season.

“A cheeky little winner at Leicester wouldn’t go amiss.”

Chelsea are currently gearing up for their Premier League clash against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night as they look to get back to winning ways in the top flight.

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