Ben Chilwell is the latest player to make the ‘Leicester City to Chelsea’ transfer after completing his long-awaited move to Stamford Bridge for a fee of £50M + add-ons.
Frank Lampard has always been a long term admirer of the former Leicester City’s Left Back and has been keen to bring the Englishman to Chelsea since the January transfer window.
Ben Chilwell’s move to Chelsea would signify the end of either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri’s spell at Chelsea as they both have been placed on the transfer list by the West London Giants.
In this article, we will be giving an analysis on the 23-year-old England International, detailing his strengths and weaknesses.
Ben Chilwell will be compared with ten other top tier Left Backs: Nicolas Tagliafico, Sergio Reguilon, Andy Robertson, Lucas Digne, Kieran Tierney, Jordi Alba, Ferland Mendy, Alphonso Davies, Alex Sandro and Renan Lodi.
• Starting with 1v1 defending, Chilwell is nothing less than terrible. Arguably the worst of the set of players, he is dribbled past way too often for a left-back, and just about wins 1 in every 2 of his attempted tackles. So straight off the bat, Chilwell isn’t looking good.
• Onto analysing his reading of the game through the number of blocks & interceptions he makes. Here he does pretty well blocking a large number of passes & shots, making a fair few interceptions as well, and here is probably in the top 3-4. This is certainly a strength in his game.
• Looking at how Chilwell does in being the aggressor and clearing the ball from danger, he does quite well making a large number of successful pressures and clearances. Lampard does focus a lot on pressing, & clearances would tell that Chilwell gets onto loose balls in the box.
• Winning aerial duels is probably Chilwell’s best attribute and one that Chelsea have struggled with, especially off set pieces. Chilwell is clear of everyone. I could see this to be a very good attribute he’d bring to Chelsea, to defend set-pieces especially, where we struggle.
• When it comes to ball progression I’d say Chilwell does his fair share of it, he isn’t on top but his numbers are good. These numbers could improve at Chelsea, however, we do need a lot of ball progression from wide areas to make us harder to prevent playing out of the back, hopefully, he will improve.
• Moving towards the other end of the pitch, Chilwell doesn’t boast the best crossing or get the ball into the box enough. Especially
with our crossing threat from the right, we need someone on the left to be a danger to avoid relying on the right side for our entire creativity. He would be playing with better-attacking players at Chelsea, hopefully, he gets better.
• Looking at Chilwell’s ability to beat his man, something we lack with Alonso and Azpilicueta, he really isn’t special. This could be due to the system at Leicester. However, we have often lacked a player to drive us forward down the left-hand side and bomb forward on the overlap.
• Ending on some more creative stats, Chilwell once again to reinforce the previous tweet, does well in creating chances for his teammates to score. Do remember these are some of the best left-backs in the world, so being average would be quite good.
Overall, Chilwell is a decent Left Back who I’d say is probably fairly better than what we have now. Is he good enough for Chelsea? I’d say he definitely is, however for £50 million I’d be sceptical.
He definitely needs to improve his crossing and 1v1 Defending, however, both can be solved through hours of hard work on the training pitches.
He does do quite well in ball progression, reading the game and creating opportunities.
His aerial composure is surely a big attribute that attracts Lampard to Ben. A reminder that the players he is being compared to are at big clubs for a reason and did go for massive transfer fees for a reason in several of their cases.
Massive credit to @EoinCFCireland for the stats and photos. Go give him a follow on twitter.