'A big miss': Graeme Le Saux claims that Chelsea are losing a really 'talented' player this summer
Graeme Le Saux thinks Antonio Rudiger is going to be a huge miss to Chelsea moving forward.
Rudiger, 29, has closed the curtains on five years at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid have already confirmed the signing of the German defender on a free transfer this summer, which is quite the signal intent after winning both La Liga and the Champions League this season.
Rudiger a huge miss to Chelsea
It’s quite alarming for Blues supporters to look ahead to the next campaign without their talisman in defence.
Thomas Tuchel’s defence massively relied on Rudiger on the left of the back three, so there’s now a colossal hole to fill in the starting XI.
Ex-Chelsea player Le Saux watched the centre-back in action last night during Germany’s 1-1 home draw against England in the Nations League.
He’s worried his former club are losing a really “talented” defender.
“He’s going to be a big miss for them, not just the way he plays, but his personality off the pitch as well as on it,” Le Saux said on Channel 4’s coverage of Germany vs England (8:10pm, 7 June).
“He is always determined, plays the game with a twinkle in his eye, is a hugely competitive player and talented as well.”
Dressing room impact
It’s going to be interesting to see how much Rudiger’s exit will impact the rest of the Chelsea group.
For certain, he was one of the most popular and important members of the squad during Tuchel’s reign.
He’s a fiery character that’s always been the first on the scene during any bust-ups on the pitch, so it’s time for some more leaders and individuals to step up around the place.