Emerson Palmieri arrived at Chelsea to provide backup for Marcos Alonso, but is now above him in the pecking order and thriving under new manager Frank Lampard.
The Italian defender was signed by former Blues manager Antonio Conte in January 2018 for around £17.6million (Sky Sports) and over time has developed into an important player.
He rarely featured during his first six months at Stamford Bridge, while last season he played 27 times across all competitions under ex-boss Maurizio Sarri.
The 25-year-old finally appears to have established himself as the first-choice left-back and has played every minute of the Lampard reign so far.
Emerson is proving he is a well balanced full-back that defends tenaciously and is a great tackler, while he’s adventures when he needs to be going forward too.
His transfer fee is turning out to be a potential masterstroke and it saves Chelsea going out spending big on a full-back.
Emerson has been one of the most consistent performers at the beginning of the campaign and has the attributes needed to play full-back in Lampard’s system.
He still has room to improve going forward and should have scored in four appearances this campaign, but that should come and faith from the manager is key.
There are also real question marks over the Blues backline, but that mainly needs to be fixed at centre-back and fans should be pleased with Emerson.