Pat Nevin tells Chelsea duo to draw inspiration from Andreas Christensen
Pat Nevin tells Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to draw inspiration from Andreas Christensen
Pat Nevin believes Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek can draw inspiration from Andreas Christensen’s impact at Chelsea this season.
The Denmark international spent the last two seasons on loan at Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in order to gain first-team experience.
The 21-year-old established himself as a regular in Monchengladbach’s defence despite his inexperience following a move to the west London club in 2013.
Christensen netted five goals in 65 appearances in the Bundesliga and netted two goals in 14 Champions League fixtures during his two seasons at the German club.
He was even named their player of the season in 2016-17 beforehe returned to the Chelsea squad ahead of their title defence.
Christensen has managed to temporarily move ahead of David Luiz in the pecking order and the Danish defender kept Didier Drogba quiet in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United last time out.
Loftus-Cheek moved to Crystal Palace and Abraham completed a switch to Swansea City in loan deals during the summer transfer window.
The pair have impressed for their new Premier Leagued clubs and both were handed their England debuts in a goalless draw with world champions Germany last week.
Former Chelsea winger Nevin believes Abraham and Loftus-Cheek should look to emulate Christensen.
“The perfect example for these two is Andreas Christensen who I was writing about here last week,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.
“He played some first team football here, but he earned his stripes as well as made his mistakes playing with Borussia Moenchengladbach.”
He added: “They were playing not only in the Bundesliga but also the Champions League and when he won that club’s Player of the Year, it was clear he had shown he was good enough to be part of the Chelsea squad.
“I very specifically say squad here, because look what he still had to do to get into the team; he had to oust either Cesar Azpilicueta, a top Spanish international, Gary Cahill, England’s centre-back, David Luiz who has over 50 caps for Brazil or of course, Antonio Rudiger who has over 20 caps for Germany.”