Although Andreas Christensen is popular amongst Chelsea fans, his past few months haven’t been ideal.
He prospered under Antiono Conte in a back-three, and he won the clubs’ Young Player of the Year award as a result.
But the change to a back-four following the arrival of Maurizio Sarri raised concerns about Christensen’s ability.
The Dane hasn’t played in the Premier League so far, with his three appearances coming in the EFL Cup and Europa League.
Sarri clearly favours Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz at the back, meaning Christensen has to settle for the bench.
Due to his lack of playing time at Chelsea, he’s fallen out of favour with the Denmark manager, Åge Hareide.
Sevilla’s Simon Kjær and Hudderfield’s Mathias Jørgensen started Denmark’s 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland last night.
And even Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard is ahead of Christensen in the pecking order at the moment.
Christensen clearly has loyalty to Chelsea after coming through their academy system.
But to reclaim his spot as Denmark’s best centre-back, he has to leave Stamford Bridge.
All of the competitors for his spot are starting for their sides, and Hareide obviously want that.
And although it will be tough for Christensen to cut ties with the Blues, it’s a necessity if he wants to progress.