Questions have been asked of Andreas Christensen this season, but a strong performance in Saturday’s win over Burnley silenced the critics. Does his impressive display prove that Chelsea do not need to sign a new defender this month?
The Blues have been linked with several centre-backs this month, with Lampard seemingly interested in bringing in some experience into a young back-line. Most recently, The Times has reported that Lewis Dunk, of Brighton, could be on the club’s radar.
But do Chelsea need a new centre-back, or should they stick with the likes of Christensen? Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, and Antonio Rudiger have been the three most commonly used by Lampard. The Danish defender has recently re-entered the thinking of the Chelsea boss.
He has started in both of the club’s last two games and hugely impressed. There were concerns that the 23-year-old would struggle against the physicality that Burnley poses with Chris Wood up-front, but he dealt with it superbly.
The 3-0 win was the second clean sheet in a row for Chelsea and begs the question of whether Lampard needs to sign another centre-back. Christensen has been the subject of reported interest from AC Milan (Sky Sports) but seems to have the backing of the boss.
It might prove to be a great call from the Blues manager. The young defender possesses a calmness and ability on the ball that no other centre-back currently at the club has. He also reads the game very well and will develop in a physical sense as time progresses.
Christensen could prove to be a crucial part of this Chelsea side for many years to come. Signing a new centre-back would only limit his chances and could lead to the club regretting letting go of a young talent too soon.