Malang Sarr received the kind words of his Chelsea teammates on social media following a Premier League debut to remember against Brentford.
Sarr earned his stripes on Saturday by helping the Blues remain top of the table by beating Thomas Frank’s swarm of Bees 1-0 away from home.
The young Frenchman was making only a second competitive appearance for the Champions League holders since joining from Nice last August.
Sarr stepping up
Few anticipated he would play at all for Chelsea this season, as the club looked to offload him on loan over the summer.
Even though the 22-year-old remained at Stamford Bridge, he wasn’t handed a squad number until the 9th of September, a mere four games into the campaign.
But Sarr stuck around and was rewarded with his patience by playing in the weekend’s lively London derby.
Despite a few shaky moments – understandable considering the pressure Brentford piled on all match– the defender stuck to his task commendably.
He cleared when necessary and passed when appropriate
To seal his maiden first division start, Sarr uploaded a celebratory post to Instagram.
No sooner had the image gone up, Chelsea players congregated to issue their messages of congratulations.
Trevoh Chalobah described his defensive partner as ‘solid’, Reece James used ‘beast’, Ruben Loftus-Cheek ‘animal.’
There were also compliments from loanee Danny Drinkwater and development star Xavier Mbuyamba.
Mendy man of the match
An evening to remember for Sarr, who proved to Thomas Tuchel he is ready for the fight whenever necessary.
Yet, the day might not have been so triumphant had it not been for Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea’s goalkeeper saved everything that came his way in the second half, pulling off some superb stops to deny Brentford’s onslaught.
And to think he wasn’t even nominated for the Ballon d’Or…