The summer transfer market has taken up pace for Chelsea and Ben Chilwell. Our latest acquisition from Leicester city was confirmed by the club this afternoon. Chilwell is rumoured to have set Chelsea back around £45 million with add-ons as per press reports. Negotiations have paid off as they have managed to knock down Leicester’s initial demands of £80 million for the English full back.
Ben Chilwell was Frank Lampard’s first choice left back in the transfer market, and he is finally here and all set to play for the Blues at Stamford Bridge on a five-year deal.
The Milton Keynes resident is a product of the Leicester City academy from which he graduated back in 2014 – winning the Academy player of the year award that year as well. Chilwell was promoted to the first team in 2015 after his remarkable year in the academy. He made his professional debut for Leicester under former blues manager Claudio Ranieri in a League cup tie against Hull City. He spent the rest of the season on a youth loan to Huddersfield town making 8 appearances for the terriers.
Chilwell signed his first professional contract with Leicester in 2016 and he made 19 appearances across all competitions for Leicester that year, including in the Champions League. Chilwell took over the reigns from Christian Fuchs gradually over two seasons and he appeared 36 times for the club in all competitions the following season.
He signed an extension at the start of the 2018/19 season which was set to extend his stay with the Foxes until 2025. Chilwell also earned his first cap for the English National team in the UEFA Nations Leagues against Switzerland after a splendid campaign.
Over the course of two seasons, Ben Chilwell earned his spot as the first choice left full back in Brendan Rodger’s side as he made over 65 appearances for the club scoring 3 goals and racking up 7 assists. Ben Chilwell made his final appearance for Leicester in a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace. He was substituted after picking up a heel injury and was not able to finish the campaign with Leicester.
The Solution to Chelsea’s Left back puzzle?
Ben Chilwell is a supporting left full back with an immense engine who can contribute to Chelsea’s play both offensively and defensively. A very technically sound footballer, he enjoyed fine form at the start of the 2019/20 season where he linked up well with James Maddison for Leicester on that left flank. Ben Chilwell can replicate that at Chelsea by establishing a formidable partnership with Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount or Mateo Kovacic on that left flank in the build up play, a crucial element to Frank Lampard’s tactical setup. A fairly good dribbler and passer of the ball, Chilwell has a lot of room to improve and become even better at Chelsea.
Chilwell’s athletic ability enables him to continue to apply pressure to his opponents off the ball, win aerial duels and defend very well in 1v1 situations, ticking a lot of what Frank Lampard expects from his defenders. He is deceptively quick with good recovery speed on the counter and has a fairly reliable tackle to him boasting a 60% tackle success rate in the 2019/20 season. Chilwell is also a very disciplined full back and received only 3 yellow cards last season.
Ben Chilwell ticks a lot of boxes for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and he is not the finished product by any means. I believe Chilwell’s potential can truly be fulfilled at Chelsea and he can become one of the best left backs in the league in due time.
Ben Chilwell is set to join Chelsea today with no fears over the injury he picked up post the restart of the premier league. The club has given him a clean bill on the medical which he took in London a few days prior to signing for the blues. The full back is expected to be sidelined for 3 weeks before he is ready to start for the Blues. Welcome to Stamford Bridge, Ben Chilwell. The team at All Things Chelsea would like to wish Ben Chilwell, nothing but success in the years to come for Chelsea. KTBFFH.
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