Chelsea fans react on Twitter to Jake Clarke-Salter’s pre-season performance
Chelsea started their pre-season with a 1-1 away draw against Brighton – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter were impressed with the performance of Jake Clarke-Salter.
The Blues squad got some minutes under their belts with a match against Brighton, who are the opposition they kick off the new Premier League season against in a couple of weeks time.
New Chelsea forward Timo Werner scored the opening goal of the contest in the fourth minute with his close-range finish through the goalkeeper’s legs and he was a bright spark in the contest, while another new boy Hakim Ziyech looked dangerous in the wing too.
Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero saved one spot-kick early in the second-half, but was beaten from another penalty late on from Pascal Gross to make it 1-1.
Frank Lampard’s side understandably rotated heavily in the second period during the friendly fixture and it was a chance for plenty of academy players to get minutes.
Clarke-Salter was perhaps a surprise inclusion in the starting Chelsea XI, which was stacked with first-team players who will all hope to be featuring on the opening day of the league season.
The 22-year-old is still a Blues prospect that has only managed two senior appearances for the club, but he’s come through the academy and he impressed last season during a loan at Birmingham City in the Championship.
He is a left-footed centre-back that looked really assured at the back against Brighton with some great passes and a real authority, albeit the Chelsea backline were mainly untested in the first-half.
Some Chelsea fans have responded to the youngster’s display to suggest that perhaps he should be kept around the first-team squad in the new season and feel he would provide a great balanced option considering he’s a left-footer.
Here are some Blues fans discussing Clarke-Salter:
only 45 with less to do but Clarke salter looked good.. the LCB we need? #CFC
— Anthony (@RealTony_ar) August 29, 2020
Jake Clarke-Salter has looked more assured on the ball than Christensen. #CFC
— Ajith (😷) (@CFC_Ajith) August 29, 2020
Don’t wanna be Reactionary but I really think Jake clarke-salter should get a team place I mean he’s left footed and he’s not looked out of place against an EPL team, friendly or not.
— Frankie (@FrankieOfCFC) August 29, 2020
Kante and RJ have actually been really good defensively and Clarke-Salter has been decent in the 1st half
— CFC_Dan (@justforwerner) August 29, 2020
Oh btw Clarke salter has been amazing
Great on the ball and distributed nicely when needed.
— Rohith (@CFC_rohith) August 29, 2020
Clarke-Salter has been decent.
Composed & even saw him pointing & giving instructions.
— Carefree Eddy (@CFCEddy_) August 29, 2020
Put Clarke-Salter beside Thiago
— Adam (@AdamspatareCFC) August 29, 2020
Clarke-Salter is genuinly miles ahead of Rudiger
— ✍️ (@CatenaccioEra) August 29, 2020
Even Jake Clarke-Salter didn’t put a foot wrong and he’s much more useful
— Charlie Hurley (@CharlieHurley) August 29, 2020