Madueke offers Chelsea timely reminder with stunning England U21 cameo
The gifted winger, a £29million January arrival at Stamford Bridge from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, only came on in the second half of Saturday’s U21 friendly against France in Leicester as a 66th-minute replacement for opening goalscorer Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal.
But Madueke certainly made the most of his cameo at the King Power Stadium, delivering a goal of his own as well as two assists for Liverpool’s Curtis Jones and Aston Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey.
Such a decisive win saw Lee Carsley’s Young Lions end France’s 14-game unbeaten streak as they continue preparations for this summer’s European Championship, with Croatia up next in another friendly at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.
Madueke will hope to have done enough to earn a start in that fixture, while he will also look to play more of a prominent role for Chelsea after the international break.
The 21-year-old, formerly of Tottenham and Crystal Palace as a youngster, has only made four appearances for the Blues so far with just two starts and was omitted from Potter’s squad entirely for the knockout stages of the Champions League.