20-year-old Miazga was a surprise inclusion in the Blues starting lineup for the trip to Aston Villa, with Guus Hiddink plumping for the USA international ahead of John Terry or Gary Cahill in the heart of the defence.
Despite only moving to Stamford Bridge in January, Miazga looked the part at Villa Park, delivering an accomplished performance which belied his slender years and his lack of experience in the English game.
Admittedly, their opponents—the doomed Villa—hardly posed the most menacing threat, but Miazga, as well as fellow youngsters Kenedy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, demonstrated that they can thrive for the reigning champions in the top flight.
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According to the tabloid, the performance could well influence the thinking of the Chelsea hierarchy. While the club, and specifically, previous coach Jose Mourinho, were notably reticent to turn to youth, the 4-0 demolition of Villa may prompt a change of tack.