Chelsea are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after a win at the Riverside last night.
Regardless of whether Nathan Ake becomes a superstar or not, Middlesbrough will always be a special place for him. For it was the scene of the night he was handed his first Chelsea start.
Bearing a striking resemblance to former Chelsea cult-hero Ruud Gullit, Ake showed plenty of bright touches in midfield and did not look out of place in the illustrious company of his established teammates.
Chelsea won the match and progress to a quarter-final with Manchester United, with Ake's debut start one of the night's bright spots on a night manager Rafa Benitez was just relieved to win, before his post-match outburst at least.
Chelsea's number 57 is a Dutch under-19 international able to play in central defence and in central midfield, just like Gullit.
So what did supporters make of his performance? We took to Twitter to gauge the reaction...
@elliotwrigley: Nathan Akè is a machine.
@chelseachadder: I've been impressed by Ake tonight. He hasn't looked out of place.
@amrikvirk: Nathan Ake is EIGHTEEN, yet he's pointing where he wants the ball played & bossing everyone in the midfield around. LOVE TO SEE THAT!
@apaulson: Really impressed with nathan ake tonight, lets hope he gets a few more opportunities in the near future
@louis_roberts08: Nathan Ake, a future star that will shine in the blue sky, my man of the match, more determination than most of the team that played!
@thecfcway: Nathan Ake is a monster. Hope he gets to start more often.
@samitcfc8: Hope Chelsea don't send Ake on loan. I know it's only 1 game but already looks more composed than luiz at CDM
@arayerevainen: Really impressed with Nathan Aké. He's composed, clever on the ball, and a promising defender for the future.
What did you think of Nathan Ake and how can he continue to play a role between now and the end of the season?
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