'Extremely bright future': PL defender suggests Chelsea have let go of an absolute gem

Joel Ward revealed that it’s been a pleasure to share a dressing room with Marc Guehi since his move from Chelsea last summer.

Speaking on the BBC Monday Night Club, Ward only had kind sentiments to send to his fellow Crystal Palace defender.

Marc making major strides

Guehi has received plenty of plaudits this season, from within Patrick Vieira’s dressing and the outside world.

There was some hesitancy following the centre-back’s £18m (Guardian) transfer from Selhurst Park to Stamford Bridge.

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A portion of Chelsea fans certainly questioned the club’s decision to gift one of their most talented products to a Premier League rival.

Palace supporters must’ve also approached the exchange with caution.

Guehi had never played in the English top-flight before this campaign, spending the two previous terms on loan with Swansea City.

Any doubts about the 21-year-old belonging at the highest level were washed away pretty quickly.

He has only missed one game across the entire campaign so far, the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day.

Easily one of Vieira’s most treasured possessions, Guehi is also now on the radar of Gareth Southgate.

England’s manager called up the young Eagle to his latest international squad, as a reward for his performances for the capital city team.

All going well for Guehi

There is little the Chelsea academy graduate can do wrong at the moment.

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“He’s a joy to play alongside for sure. He is quite a reserved character but he leads by example,” admitted Ward.

“The way in which his composure on the ball, his vision, his range of passing. It’s great to see and I think he’s got an extremely bright future.”

A bright future usually coincides with an extremely positive present.

Guehi has crammed so much into such a short space of time.

Not in any particular order: captaining Palace, featuring in a playoff final, competing at the U-21 European Championships, Chelsea debut, and much more.

We are proud to call you one of our own, Marc, even if you’re wearing the wrong strip!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.