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Opinion: Can Xavier Mbuyamba fulfill his potentials now that his injury issues are over?

SOURCE: MY OPINION

Xavier Mbuyamba was dubbed the "new Virgil van Dijk" when he first signed for Chelsea, most likely because he shares similar physical characteristics with the Liverpool defender and they both come from the Netherlands, but being compared to his fellow Dutchman appears to be the only positive football-related thing that has happened to him since his highly publicized move to England.

The now-19-year-old centre-back joined Chelsea for free last summer after obtaining a contract release from Barcelona, and he was supposed to practice regularly with the first team, but his debut year in English football was marred by injury and conditioning difficulties. He sustained an injury that necessitated surgery just a few days after arriving in West London, and he spent the following eight months in the hospital. 

Chelsea supporters have not had the opportunity to witness him play due to his lack of fitness, but he appears to have overcome his injury issues, and recent video clips broadcast on the club's official social media website indicate that he is now working with the first team. 

Can he now live up to the original buzz surrounding his debut in England and fulfill his potential as the next Virgil van Dijk now that his injury problems are behind him? 

Chelsea supporters have only seen Xavier Mbuyamba in short video clips from training sessions uploaded on the club's social media website, as well as highlights from his games with the club's development side at the conclusion of last season, but he is highly rated by the Chelsea management. 

It's probably too early to expect him to feature in Chelsea's first team this season, but training with veteran players at the club is crucial for his development. 

This season, he may be given the opportunity to play in cup games against lower league opponents, which will allow him to showcase some of his skills. It is only a matter of time before he becomes a regular member of the first-team squad if he impresses the coach in training since the Chelsea squad is filled with older defenders who are likely to retire soon.

SOURCE: MY OPINION

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