Chelsea star Ben Chilwell has seen his game time limited under Thomas Tuchel due to the rise of Marcos Alonso, meaning that the Blues boss could utilise the Englishman in a different way
Ben Chilwell has fallen out of favour at Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel took charge, after originally impressing under former boss Frank Lampard.
The English defender signed from Leicester City in 2020 for a fee in the region of £45million, but has seen his playing time limited as Tuchel has preferred Marcos Alonso down the left channel.
The 24-year-old is too good to waste away on the Chelsea bench, but Tuchel could utilise Chilwell in a different way to please all parties.
Chilwell has had to settle for life on the bench for much of this season, as Alonso has been Tuchel’s man on the left, and the Spaniard has been excellent for much of this season.
However, the promising Englishman could see his position altered if he wants a career at Chelsea, leaving Tuchel with a decision to make about Chilwell’s future at Stamford Bridge.
With Alonso thriving down the left for Chelsea, Tuchel should look to play Chilwell on the left side of his back-three, or even switch him over to the right in the absence of Reece James.
Cesar Azpilicueta is currently fielding the right-back position, but Chilwell could also be an extremely useful asset on the left side of a back-three, with Chelsea potentially about to be left short in that area.
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Thiago Silva’s contract expires in the summer, and Antonio Rudiger is yet to sign a new deal with the club, meaning that Chelsea could be short of two centre-backs come the start of next season.
The Champions League winner could help solve a big impending problem that Tuchel may have on his hands, and the defender could mould into a new position that could help his career for club and country.
With Luke Shaw excelling for England and Manchester United, Chilwell is also not first choice for the national team, but could become a unique talent as a left sided centre-back.
However, Alonso is 30-years-old, and Tuchel is definitely getting the best out of the Spaniard while he can, and it won’t be too long until that spot becomes Chilwell’s.
The 24-year-old starred at Leicester and has the capabilities of being one of the best full-backs in the Premier League, but this position switch could help him improve his game in other areas.
Chelsea could be an even bigger threat with both Chilwell and Alonso in the same defensive line, as the Blues look to build on their European success,