Christopher Nkunku enjoyed his first outing in a Chelsea shirt and relished playing as the central striker during his 45 minutes on the pitch against Wrexham in Chapel Hill.

The Frenchman marked the occasion with a fine goal to make it 4-0 to the Blues, finishing with aplomb after latching on to a Cesare Casadei pass. There was still time for Ben Chilwell to add a fifth.

Nkunku looked lively throughout his maiden outing for us, with his sharp movement on and off the ball plain for all to see. He combined well with his new team-mates, and he explained after the game that was one of several reasons he was happy with the evening’s work.

‘We scored five goals and didn’t concede so it’s good for our confidence,’ said Nkunku.

‘For me I like to play this position, to be free to move and to have the ball into my feet and into space also. This is my position. I was very happy.

‘I’m a new player, I try to have a good relationship with everybody, and to know everybody also. This will be important for the following games.’

The team have now headed to Philadelphia for the next leg of our US tour, with our next fixture against Brighton on Saturday.

A few days into his time stateside, Nkunku believes plenty of progress is being made as our new-look squad become accustomed to one another and head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

‘We have found it good. We just need adaptation and we are working in training for this. The next week will be very positive.

‘It is very hot – also good weather! – but very hot. But we know we came here for work and to improve in our pre-season.’