Ray Wilkins: How Bundesliga helped improve 21-year-old Chelsea star
The former Chelsea midfielder believes Bundesliga football has helped to improve Andreas Christensen
Ray Wilkins has hailed Andreas Christensen as an “outstanding addition” to the Chelsea squad.
The Denmark international has established himself as a first-choice defender under Blues manager Antonio Conte.
Christensen has managed to usurp David Luiz and secure a regular starting spot alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill.
The 21-year-old was widely praised for his outstanding performance in Chelsea’s 1-0 win against title rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford last month.
Christensen has made eight starts and three substitute appearances in the Premier League after he returned from a two-season loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Danish defender was a key member of the German side and managed to get some vital experience under his belt in the Bundesliga.
Former Chelsea assistant manager Wilkins believes Christensen’s experience at Monchengladbach has served him well at Stamford Bridge.
“I think his time in Germany with Monchengladbach has done him the world of good,” Wilkins told sportingbet.
“I remember seeing him play for Chelsea against AFC Wimbledon and Akinfenwa gave him the worst time possible, he beat him up, but playing in Germany toughened him up.
“He’s an outstanding addition to the squad and I wouldn’t be surprised if Conte stuck with him for the rest of the season.”
The Blues lost 1-0 to David Moyes’ West Ham side at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
Chelsea signed AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger in a £34m deal in the summer transfer window following John Terry’s exit.