In the light of Kurt Zouma’s season ending injury, Matt Miazga must be fancying his chances of making a few appearances towards the end of this campaign.
The centre-back was one of the more surprising arrivals of the January transfer window and could easily fall into Chelsea’s pool of players that are loaned out to a random European club and never seen again. Considering the news of John Terry’s contract being unlikely to be extended, Zouma’s injury and Gary Cahill’s all-round bad form, it is not out of this world to suggest that Miazga could be thrown in at the deep end way before he, or many Chelsea’s fans, would have expected.
The youngster has impressed people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and there are understandably high hopes from the US that one of their players could be about to become a regular for one of Europe’s biggest teams.
But, before we all get too carried away, here are FIVE things you need to know about Miazga..
Miazga joined the Red Bulls academy back in 2009 and was representing the side from under 14 level onwards.
His talent was clear from a very young age and the centre-half won awards at various youth levels for his assured performances.
Miazga had represented Poland at under-18 level before switching across the Atlantic to become a regular for the USA at under-20 and under-23 levels.
Standing at 6″4″, the former New York Red Bulls man is a dominant force in the air and should be a threat in both boxes for the Blues.
David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco have both struggled to deal with Miazga’s defensive skills and he has already proven his ability to shackle some of the world’s best.
Miazga has his best years comfortably ahead of him and people around the club will be hoping he can go some of the way to replacing John Terry.
Chelsea’s pursuit of John Stones may look like a waste of time if Miazga can produce next season.