Chelsea ace Rudiger labelled an 'outstanding driving force' by Keown

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger labelled an ‘outstanding driving force’ by Premier League icon Martin Keown – as Blues remain at stalemate with Germany star over contract renewal

  • Martin Keown has heaped praise on Chelsea centre back Antonio Rudiger 
  • Keown made his name as one of the Premier League’s greatest defender 
  • He has hailed Rudiger ‘outstanding’ though admits he is almost ‘too aggressive’
  • Chelsea are at a stalemate with Rudiger regarding a possible contract extension 

Martin Keown has heaped praise on Chelsea’s man of the moment Antonio Rudiger, following another barnstorming performance for the Blues against Leeds.

Rudiger was in the thick of the action as Chelsea pulled off a dramatic late win at Stamford Bridge to keep their title hopes firmly on track, and Keown was impressed with what he observed.  

Chelsea currently remain at a stalemate with Rudiger regarding a possible contract extension. The former Roma man could walk away for free at the end of the season and seek a lucrative deal elsewhere, but Keown has stressed his importance to the side. 

He’s a real driving force for Chelsea – I love watching him play,’ Keown told BBC’s Match of the Day.

Antonio Rudiger is catching the eye this season and earned rave review from Martin Keown

‘I was an aggressive defender myself, but I think this guy takes it to another level.

‘When he gets the ball, he likes to run forward. The fans love him there because he makes things happen.

‘Defensively – he’s so aggressive. He just shuts the door. So aggressive, strong, and he really leads from the back.

‘He’s a nuisance to play against and he’s been outstanding for them.’

Rudiger was in the thick of the action against Leeds and involved in a full-time bust up

Keown went as far as to suggest that the all-action Rudiger could even be seen as ‘too aggressive’ when playing for the Blues, predominantly due to asserting himself more in the absence of N’Golo Kante.

Keown added: ‘I do think with [N’Golo] Kante not in the side at time he goes running after things a little bit too much,’ Keown added.

‘He’s got to keep a lid on this, he walks a little bit of a tightrope at times, he’s a little bit too aggressive.’

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