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Arsenal Legend Ian Wright Names Chelsea Player Who Reminds Him Of Virgil Van Dijk

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Arsenal Legend Ian Wright Names Chelsea Player Who Reminds Him Of Virgil Van Dijk

Ian Wright has insisted that Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah reminds him of Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.

Chalobah made his Premier League debut for Chelsea in his side’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Marcos Alonso opened the scoring in the first half before Christian Pulisic put Thomas Tuchel's men 2-0 up before half-time.

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Chalobah beat Vicente Guaita from outside of the box with a stunning strike in the second half before breaking down in tears during an emotional celebration.

The 22-year-old centre-back was handed his senior Chelsea debut by Tuchel in the Blues' penalty shootout win over Europa League holders Villarreal in the Super Cup.

Wright was impressed with Chalobah's performance in the Super Cup and claimed the Chelsea defender 'reminded' him of Van Dijk, who has been hailed for his impact at Liverpool.

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Speaking on Ringer FC's Wrighty's House podcast, the Arsenal legend said: "Watching him against Arsenal [in pre-season] I was thinking, 'Wow, maybe it's just a pre-season friendly he looks good.'

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"I watched him against Villarreal [in the Super Cup] and I thought, 'My god he’s really good.'

"You know what he reminded me of, not the same player, not the same stature, but the way Virgil van Dijk when he played for Celtic, people said he’s just taking liberties just because he’s good and not in the same standard [as others].

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"I watched him play for Ipswich a couple of times where he played in that vein where you think I’d like to see him against better quality.

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"Anything that [Jean-Philippe] Mateta or [Wilfried] Zaha did he [Chalobah] dealt with it, but then his progression with the ball, getting forward with the ball, his tackling, the goal, the emotion.

"The emotion when you score a goal when you know it's significant, the only one I can think of myself is coming on in that cup final against Manchester United and when I scored that goal I instantly burst into tears because the realisation of what just happened it hit me."

Featured Image Credit: Ian Wright's YouTube/PA

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League, England, Football, Virgil Van Dijk, Ian Wright, Liverpool

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