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Ben Chilwell: A profile of the Leicester and England defender

Chelsea have struggled to replace Ashley Cole since he left in 2014. Replacing the best left back this country has ever produced obviously isn’t an easy task. Marcos Alonso and Emerson have proven to be inconsistent since they arrived at Stamford Bridge. Some games where they’re unplayable. But then other games where they’re a disaster waiting to happen. Frank Lampard needs an established fullback that can hold the position strong for years to come. The obvious target for this position is Ben Chilwell.

The Leicester defender has gone from strength to strength with the high flying team. Coming through their youth academy, the left back has been a mainstay in the side since 2015/16, playing a crucial role for the side both going forward and at the back. The likes of Manchester City and Chelsea have both reportedly shown interest in Chilwell. Given the Foxes’ position in table and evident ambition of the owners, a move away in the next month seems unlikely. However come the summer, the Englishman could be swayed with a transfer to Manchester or London.

Ben Chilwell in action for Leicester

So why is the left back so highly rated and, according to the Daily Mail, would cost more than £60 million? We’ll give you the run down:

Ben Chilwell – Style of Play

Standing at 5ft 10, the 23 year old is incredibly balanced in all parts of his game. A good turn of pace coupled with decent physicality to shrug off wingers running at him, Chilwell’s presence in the back line alone gives the centre backs confidence, because of how calm he is.

More on that, as shown in the video, the Leicester youth product has a high footballing IQ. Though 1.3 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game in 2019/20 are decent figures, they don’t tell the full story. Chilwell’s positioning and how he reads game makes him so solid at the back. The way he closes down the attacker as soon as they get the ball or alternatively pushes them out wide to make the final ball harder makes him such an integral part of Leicester’s defence.

The England international also shines in the final third for the Midlands side. Averaging 1.3 key passes per game (WhoScored), he poses a huge threat from the left for any side. As shown in the video, Chilwell displays a great range of passing, from quick short one-twos to over the top through balls. His final ball too is excellent, either from set pieces or from the left. 3 assists this season isn’t bad at all, not everyone is a Trent Alexander-Arnold. Also worth noting how he’s quick to run into spaces and receive the ball immediately, part of the reason why Leicester are so good on the break.

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