Ray Parlour: This Cheslea defender has surprised me, he’s really energetic

The former Arsenal midfielder heaps praise on Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta

Ray Parlour has revealed that he has been surprised by Cesar Azpilicueta’s impressive performances for Chelsea this season.

The Blues have been in superb form under Antonio Conte in the 2016-17 season and the west London side recorded their 12th successive Premier League win on Boxing Day thanks to a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth.

Azpilicueta has played a key role in Chelsea’s winning run after the Chelsea manager opted to play the Spanish defender in a back three containing David Luiz and Gary Cahill.

Chelsea have managed to keep nine clean sheets in their last 12 games, while Azpilicueta even provided the assist for Diego Costa’s winner in a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace before Christmas.

Speaking on The Sun Goals podcast, former Arsenal striker Wright heaped praise on Spain international Azpilicueta for his performances in the Chelsea back four.

“I’ve been really surprised by how good Azpilicueta has been,” Wright said.

“He’s a right-back playing on the right-hand side of the three centre-halves but he is breaking into midfield at times. He has done a great job. He is very energetic.”

Chelsea finished in tenth place in the Premier League table last season.

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The Blues signed five players in the summer transfer window.

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