Some Chelsea fans think they have found a different role for Andreas Christensen away from the defence under Thomas Tuchel’s guidance.
Christensen has only made eight appearances this season as the former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard largely overlooked the 24-year-old.
However, he may be offered a new lease of life through Tuchel, who will likely look for new remedies and resolutions to resolve the issues left by his predecessor.
Supporters jumped on social media to suggest an alternate position for the Danish international that wasn’t his customary stance at centre-back.
They suggested that Tuchel could deploy Christensen as a defensive midfielder, in a similar vein to how he utilised Marquinhos at Paris St Germain.
Traditionally developed as a centre-half, the Brazilian was often installed in front of the back four by Tuchel throughout their time together in France.
Marquinhos was once described by the ex-PSG coach as ‘the heart and soul of our team’ and that he was ‘exceptional’ (Ligue 1). Chelsea followers will hope that a similar transformation can be made of Christensen, even making the direct comparison.
He arguably became the fourth choice central-defender behind Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger during Lampard’s tenure.
Tuchel’s main partnership might involve Rudiger and Silva. He worked with the latter at PSG, whilst Sky Sports Germany said the German coach had been an admirer for Rudiger for a while.
This leaves little room again for Christensen to wiggle his way back into contention, hence the sudden cry for a positional change.
Chelsea have a rich history of constructing their teams around astute protective midfielders. Claude Makelele was the original example, with N’Golo Kante his modern-day equivalent.
Nemanja Matic was pivotal for Antonio Conte during the 2016/17 title winning season as a protector. Can Christensen continue the sequence?
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Every inch of me is saying I should dispute this idea completely; however, I can see some logic behind it.
Tuchel has previous of converting players, highly successful in Marquinhos’s case, so who says Christensen could be any different.
He is decent on the ball and I’ve always felt he is more comfortable coming onto opponents rather than having them run off his back.