Why Fulham should definitely make a move for Andreas Christensen
Hopes will be high at Fulham after the club announced Claudio Ranieri as their manager for the season. Slavisa Jokanovic made a poor start to the season with the Cottagers which has seen them languish in the relegation zone and concede a whopping 31 goals this season.
Fulham are currently rock bottom in the league and the only way they can go up now is through Claudio Ranieri. The former Leicester City manager famously lifted the Premier League title with the Foxes a few seasons ago.
He can start making amends by bolstering the defence and one player Ranieri should take a look at is Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen. Jokanovic was always changing his backline and disrupting the momentum but Ranieri tends to stick to his backline.
Christensen will pose an ideal option for the Cottagers. He is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League under new manager Maurizio Sarri, who has preferred to go with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger at the back this season.
The two have established themselves, which has seen the Dane fall down the pecking order. But he impressed under Antonio Conte last season and will definitely make a massive difference to Fulham’s leaky backline that seems to concede goals for fun at the moment.
The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Chelsea and has made 28 league appearances for the Blues, 27 of which came last season. An intelligent and aware defender who rarely puts a foot wrong at the back is how you can describe Christensen.
He rarely commits himself and is very good at timing his tackles. Christensen is also very good with the ball at his feet and is also dominant in the air. He has an impressive 93.4% pass success rate in the Europa League this season, while also averaging 4 successful aerial duels per game. (Stats courtesy – Whoscored)
He would be an ideal partner for new signing Alfie Mawson, who should be the first choice under Claudio Ranieri given that Le Marchand hasn’t looked great so far. Mawson is a slightly more offensive minded centre-back, which is why the Chelsea defender will be the perfect partner.
Christensen is more of commander and a controller at the back. His arrival should automatically see the Cottagers improve.
Fulham should definitely make the move for Andreas Christensen given that they are in dire need of some defensive quality at the moment. The Dane will surely help shore things up at the back for the Cottagers.