'Proper menace': TalkSPORT pundit loves 28-year-old Chelsea player that 'haunts' his opponents

Gabby Agbonlahor absolutely loves the way Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is a “proper menace” on the football pitch.

Rudiger, 28, is a powerhouse centre-back that’s been one of the ever-presents during Thomas Tuchel’s managerial reign at Stamford Bridge.

The German centre-half was reborn on the left of a back three, but it’s been great to see him adapt into a back four recently when needed.

He’s got the quick pace and reading of the game to make him one of the best defenders around during the past year. It’s his sheer aggression and power that really stands out, though.

Rudiger’s fearless approach has earned him a fan favourite title because he’s a bit of a throwback with some of his challenges.

Therefore, Blues supporters will be glad to hear a latest report that suggests Chelsea are close to meeting the contract demands of the 28-year-old.

TalkSPORT pundit Agbonlahor suggests Rudiger is an absolute nightmare for opponents to come up against.

“Watching Rudiger this season, he’s like a pest. If I was a manager, he is the perfect centre-half. The sort of centre-half that haunts the striker in the game, bullies him. He’s just a proper menace of a defender,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

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Immense Chelsea character

A lot of the success so far at Chelsea under Tuchel has to come down to the great spirit and character within this squad.

In fairness, the team have a lot of improving to do if they are to start consistently playing an exciting brand of football like Manchester City or Liverpool.

However, the trophies continue to fly in because of the winning mentality that’s been installed.

Rudiger seems like a massive figure on and off the pitch that drives this group on. Elsewhere, it much be such a boost when you can look around at teammates likes Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea may be minor underdogs going into tomorrow’s League Cup final against Liverpool, but they’ve got enough talent and confidence to clinch more silverware.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.