In what has been quite a series of events at Stamford Bridge in 2021, Chelsea’s forgotten men have been brought back from the cold and thrown into the heat of the first-team.
Thomas Tuchel fielded a back-five against Newcastle made up of defenders who were not considered to be priority in the eyes of Frank Lampard, as Reece James, Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell were all dropped to the bench, while Thiago Silva missed out through injury.
Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Andres Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, who were all either dropped or deemed surplus to requirements by Lampard, have all appeared to reclaim their regular starting spots.
The German manager’s changes, while eyebrow raising at times, are certainly paying off with Chelsea winning five of Tuchel’s six games in charge and conceding only once – a goal which was not even scored by an opposing player but by Rudiger who tapped past Edouard Mendy against Sheffield United.
However, there is another Blues defender, much loved by the fans, who could be set for a departure.
Fikayo Tomori left West London in January for an audacious long loan move to European and Italian giants AC Milan.
The 23-year old has impressed in his time with Stefano Pioli’s side, and there are suggestions the seven time European giants are keen to sign the Englishman on a permanent basis.
However, according to ilmilanista.it, they may acquire him through other means, as the central defender could be used as a bargaining chip by his parent club to sign midfielder Franck Kessie from Milan.
The midfielder, who is nicknamed ‘The President’, is valued at approximately £45 million by the Italian giants, and has seven goals and three assists in 21 appearances in all competitions.