Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen will surely be relieved after comments from manager Maurizio Sarri about him.
The 22-year-old defender has struggled to make a serious impact at Stamford Bridge so far this season and made just 12 appearances in all competitions.
His only Premier League outing this campaign was in the 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, with both David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order.
But Christensen has featured in the club’s last two games against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.
The Blues host Newcastle United on Saturday evening in the Premier League and Sarri has appeared to suggest that Christensen is now firmly in the picture for more opportunities.
“He (Christensen) has improved in defending by looking at the ball. Now he is ready to play. We have a very good option for David [Luiz], for [Antonio] Rudiger,” Sarri said in his press conference, as cited by the club’s official website.
Christensen may feel he’s taken a step backwards in the first half of the season, but for him his patience appears to have paid off after promising quotes from Sarri.
The Denmark international has immense potential and many supporters are keen for him to nail down a permanent position in the starting XI.
It has taken time for him to adapt to Sarri’s high demands, but he’s improving on the ball and constantly learning about the tactics.
Christensen appears to have a future under the Chelsea boss after a slow start and it will be intriguing to see how he kicks on in the second half of the campaign.