Andreas Christensen takes another step on road to recovery after tough season

Everything was so rosy for Andreas Christensen a year ago. The young Dane was one of the beneficiaries of the collapse of Antonio Conte’s reign, as he was brought in to replace David Luiz when the Brazilian was dropped at the end of 2017.

But struggles towards of the end of last season combined with the arrival of Maurizio Sarri meant a return to the bench for Andreas.

He’s spent most of the season there, but recent games have seen him rotated into the team with increasing regularity.

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In fact, he started against Fulham in the Premier League, then against Dinamo Kiev in the Europa League, marking the first time he’d had two consecutive starts all season.

He missed out against Wolves, but is likely to play again tonight in the second leg in Kiev.

That will make 3 starts out of 4 for the Dane, a marked improvement on what was going on before Christmas. He’s first reserve behind Luiz and Antonio Rudiger now, meaning he gets a decent number of games.

The transfer ban means we can’t sign other players to replace him this summer either, so whether he likes it or not, he should be sticking around.