Ashley Cole says Chelsea player is turning into a "leader" in the side

Ashley Cole thinks £100k-a-week Chelsea player is turning into a leader in the side

Ashley Cole has claimed Antonio Rudiger is “becoming a leader” at Chelsea after watching his performance last night.

Rudiger scored the only goal of the game yesterday during Chelsea’s 1-0 away victory at Tottenham, which secured a spot in the Carabao Cup final.

The £100,000-a-week German has shown his versatility recently impressing as a centre-back in a back four, despite the fact most of his success playing in Thomas Tuchel’s side has been as the left-sided defender in a back three.

Aged 28, the aggressive defender looks like he’s in the peak of his powers right now. TalkSPORT pundit Jonathan Woodgate put him in the same bracket as Manchester City’s Ruben Dias after his display against Spurs.

Blues legend Cole feels that Rudiger is really growing into a role as a senior leader at Stamford Bridge.

“To keep players like Rudiger with that character is a must. You can’t lose top, top players like him from your dressing room. He can do everything. He can start attacks and is very brave and shows personality on the ball. It’s hard to beat him one-on-one. He’s becoming a leader and although he’s temperamental at times the fans love him. That’s what makes him who he is,” Cole told Sky Sports.

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Seismic impact if Rudiger leaves Chelsea

With Rudiger’s contract situation still not resolved, Chelsea fans are fearing what life will be without him next season.

The centre-half remains out of contract in the summer and will wave goodbye to the Bridge unless there is a breakthrough in contract negotiations.

Yes, Rudiger’s a fan favourite because of his aggressiveness and quality.

However, it’s key to highlight he’s now one of the leaders that’s an ever-present in the XI and is someone the younger players can always lean on.

It would leave a massive hole in the Chelsea line-up if he departs, so every supporter should keep their fingers crossed that there is soon some positive news regarding his future.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.