Antonio Rudiger is considering his Chelsea future after matchday omission.
On the fringes
Rudiger featured 20 times in the 19/20 Premier League season. However, this campaign, the German looks set for a fringe role. He is yet to start a match this season despite being fit.
Frank Lampard’s comments will do Rudiger’s confidence no good. Lampard is quoted as saying: ”We have five centre-halves at the club so I can’t pick three on the bench so that is the way it is. I have to pick the squad via training, situations and the opponent.”
An average age of 23.7 between Zouma, Tomori and Christensen. They still have many years ahead to develop and progress. Along with Thiago Silva, these four look to be Chelsea’s main centre back options.
Chelsea are hoping Thiago Silva’s experience can help their young defenders elevate their game.
Time to move on
Rudiger is a regular in the German squad but without regular game time, his spot in the Euro squad is up for grabs.
At 27, with two years left on his contract, Rudiger is reaching his prime years as a centre back.
Many teams are looking for centre-backs in the transfer market. Good physically and comfortable on the ball, the German would slot into many teams’ line up.
It’s evident that Rudiger’s time at the Bridge is up as there are several indications that he is not a part of Frank Lampard’s plans.