The emergence of Andreas Christensen will reduce the ridicule Chelsea have endured in recent years over their inability to produce first team players from their academy like some top clubs have achieved.
With the exception of John Terry, no other academy player at the club has featured for Chelsea as many times as Christensen and the numbers back it up. He is the first academy player since the former Chelsea captain to play three consecutive Premier League games for the club.
The 21-year old has started eight games this season in the Premier League, tied with David Luiz and one fewer than club captain Gary Cahill. His development is staggering, as is convincing Chelsea can do it if the time is right for a young player.
His impact since replacing Luiz at the heart of Chelsea’s defense is as inspiring as was with the Captain, Leader, Legend. back in 2003 when he was introduced by then coach Claudio Ranieri.
In the least, it inspired a Chelsea fan on twitter, who even bares the name of the experienced center back Christensen usurped in the starting 11.
Christensen not only becoming a regular but looking every bit like John Terry did in 2003, tears in my eyes
— @LuizTheGeeza (@Luiz_Geeza) December 2, 2017
Chelsea have been stubborn at the youth development level, failing to promote their academy products to join the richly assembled first team and ultimately having places among the elite.
If Chelsea will be respected by the world of football, for the efforts in their academy, we need to see a few more Christensens. We need to see Charly Musonda play at Stamford Bridge repeatedly in Premier League games alongside Eden Hazard and Morata, we need to see Ruben Loftus Cheek return from his loan spell at Crystal Palace to replace some failing foreign stars. We need to witness the emergence of club-trained youngsters break through in the first team, to help us win titles and major trophies.