American Matt Miazga was handed his Chelsea debut by the Dutchman
20-year-old defender signed for £3.5m from New York Red Bulls in January
Matt Miazga enjoyed a perfect start to his Chelsea playing career with a cleansheet on debut for Guus Hiddink’s side.
Alexandre Pato was the other Chelsea debutant who grabbed the plaudits at Villa Park as the Blues dismantled relegation threatened Aston Villa 4-0 on Saturday.
The 20-year-old, who was drafted in at centre-back to replace the injured Gary Cahill and John Terry, put in an accomplished display to become the first American to represent the club.
Branislav Ivanovic and Miazga forged a formidable partnership to provide the platform for victory as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pato and a Pedro second half brace secured the three points with consummate ease.
‘The boys were fantastic today. The starting 11 were brilliant and the guys who came in were flawless,’ Miazga told the club’s website.
‘Aston Villa just lost their manager, so we knew they would be energetic trying to show their fans they are still in it, and the first 20 minutes was a bit like a chess match, but we settled down and got the first goal from Ruben.
‘From there it was cruise control for us, we dominated the midfield with Cesc (Fabregas) and (John Mikel) Obi, and it was a comfortable win.’
The former New York Red Bulls defender, signed for £3.5million in January, was only told by Hiddink he was making his Premier League bow at Villa Park on Saturday morning and hopes to earn more first team action before the end of the season.
‘It was a good debut for me, I’m happy to contribute to the team and now I have to work hard in training to keep trying to get more chances,’ added Miazga.
‘I found out in the morning I would be in the starting 11. It’s my job, my profession and I have to be ready when I am called upon and show the manager I can contribute and help the club.’