- Andreas Christensen has achieved something no Chelsea player has managed since John Terry
- The Danish youngster has been a revelation for Antonio Conte’s side this season
- Christensen stat reflects woefully on Chelsea’s attitude towards academy players
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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has made a small piece of history that is as impressive from him and a damning reflection on his club in equal measure.
The Denmark international has done well to establish himself in Antonio Conte’s side this season since returning from a successful two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Not many Chelsea youngsters get the chance that Christensen has – and even fewer manage to take the opportunity when it does come.
In fact, the stats show Christensen has become the first Chelsea academy graduate to complete 90 minutes for three league matches in a row since former Blues captain John Terry.
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This Christensen stat reflects poorly on a club that has produced a number of top young players in recent times, only to go on and sell them after sending them out on repeated loan spells to raise their transfer value.
Whilst not academy products, Chelsea are learning the hard way this season from watching Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku all shine for their title rivals after not being given the chance at Stamford Bridge.
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Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Ake were also harshly sold during the summer, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek has impressed hugely on loan at Crystal Palace, making his England debut in the latest international break.
Chelsea may want to look at the success of Christensen as a reminder that it can pay to trust academy players more, and fans would dearly love to see another John Terry come through after his immense contribution to the club’s modern history.
Still, the unfortunate truth is this Christensen stat just sums up how much the west Londoners have favoured spending big in the transfer market instead of really developing players of their own.