Glenn Hoddle was blown away by West Brom defender Darnell Furlong in the first-half of the Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday.
The Baggies went into the break ahead at Stamford Bridge, with Christian Pulisic firing home the rebound from a free-kick that struck the post and Matheus Pereira equalising, as well as another.
Marcos Alonso has become a real weapon for Thomas Tuchel since his arrival, and Furlong was given the task of keeping the Spaniard quiet.
Speaking during BT Sport’s live coverage of the game, Hoddle singled out Furlong for his defensive work at Stamford Bridge.
“Alonso is looking to get on that back post,” he said.
“Furlong has picked a great position, covers the run and doesn’t panic at all. He’s facing his own goal and it was another really good cross from Ziyech.
“First-class defending because he’s really under pressure and his keeper can’t come, Sam will be absolutely delighted if they keep defending like that.”
It was excellent reactions from Furlong to clear the ball from under his own crossbar, with Alonso flying in to put him under pressure.
Having said that, it was his man, Pulisic who reacted quicker to fire his side ahead once the ball had hit the post from the free-kick.
Furlong has been hot and cold in the Premier League, with moments like his goal at Newcastle brilliant, but his concentration has been a real worry at times.
In huge games against Chelsea, you can’t afford to switch off once, and unfortunately, this may be remembered more than his heroic clearance beforehand.
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