Ghanaian full-back Baba Rahman has been in-and-out of the Chelsea squad since Guus Hiddink took charge but has seemingly impressed the interim boss because he has started the last three games for the Blues.
Hiddink told supersport how impressed he was with Rahman‘s ability to use both feet and that he has been testing the left-footed defender in the right back position during training. Hiddink thinks the 21-year-old is a very skillful player and he could handle the position with ease but he needs to be more aggressive on the pitch.
“When you come in you have your impressions of players, and from Baba I had the impression after a few days that he was too quiet but very skillful in both legs.
“He has his left foot from nature but he can handle very well his right foot, which is unusual for left-footed players. This week I played him in some [training] games in the right-back position, because I was curious to see if he could do it. He did it without any problems.
“He’s a skillful player but to survive also in the Premier League, he must make it difficult for a manager to take him out of the team. He has the skill but he must also be able to be dominant defensively. He’s working on that. He’s a very nice person and I said to him: ‘Be a nice person outside the pitch but be less nice on it.
“With experience I hope he can make the next step, because he has the skill. He has to get the attitude of: ‘This is my area and whoever comes in, I kill them.’”