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Andreas Christensen is a 'potential great' for Chelsea - Michael Emenalo

Andreas Christensen is a 'potential great' for Chelsea - Michael Emenalo
From ESPN - December 5, 2017

Chelsea academy graduate Andreas Christensen has the potential to build on his breakthrough and become one of the club's greatest-ever players, according to former technical director Michael Emenalo.

Despite beginning the season on the fringes of Antonio Conte's team, Christensen has started eight and appeared in 11 of Chelsea's 15 Premier League matches this term, playing 90 minutes against Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.

One of Emenalo's final acts before announcing his surprise resignation from Chelsea last month was to walk onto the Stamford Bridge pitch and give Christensen a hug after he produced a remarkably assured display in the middle of Conte's back three in a 1-0 victory over United.

Emenalo views Christensen's emergence after two years with Borussia Monchengladbach as a validation of the controversial mass loan system he helped to devise at Chelsea, and he believes the defender's potential is huge.

"The thing I can tell you is Andreas Christensen, with his technical qualities, his personality, his desire, his love for the club... he is a potential great," Emenalo said in an interview with talkSPORT. "I do not know how else to put it, but he is a wonderful, wonderful player. We are all thrilled.

"He has shown a lot of intelligence in accepting the pathway provided to him without hesitation -- to go to Borussia Monchengladbach -- to ensure he is ready to come back and play. You do not hang around in Cobham and keep asking to be given a chance."

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