Joe Cole impressed by Antonio Rudiger’s performance against Newcastle United.
The German defender was commendable in the heart of defence in his first Premier League appearance of the season.
He was called upon to replace Thiago Silva who returned from a tiring international break.
Rudiger also helped Mendy secure his seventh clean sheet in nine appearances.
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Joe Cole told BT Sport: ‘It’s the nature of the beast when you’re at a club like Chelsea or any of the big boys, you know every summer they are bringing in players to strengthen.‘They’re not bringing in players to come and sit on the bench, they are bringing in players to make an impact on the pitch.
‘Rudiger is a difficult one because he’s been captain and he’s a senior player but you have to give credit where credit is due.
‘It’s a difficult day for him. He’s come in and pitched it right. It looked like the biggest credit I could pay him is that Thiago Silva wasn’t even missed one bit. He just came in did his job and it was an exceptional performance.’