For Ben Chilwell, a lot of pressure was thrown onto his shoulders when he joined Chelsea last summer for £50million from Leicester City.
However, he’s dealt with it exceptionally well.
The 24-year-old defender looked a natural Chelsea player from day one at Stamford Bridge, so is popular with supporters.
He was a key figure in the club winning their second ever Champions League, playing every minute of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
The England international has shown great character too because the arrival of Thomas Tuchel as manager midway through the campaign saw his starting position come under threat. He’s definitely been pushed by Tuchel, which is why we saw the best of him towards the back end the last campaign.
Chilwell should be going into his second season at Chelsea with aspirations to be even better.
One area of his game that should really thrive is goalscoring, which is why he can emulate the past success of a current teammate.
Chilwell can emulate Alonso form under Conte
Marcos Alonso, 30, is still on the books with the Blues as an important member of the squad. He’s great competition for Chilwell in the full-back area, albeit the Englishman appears to have the edge.
The Spaniard is a great example for Chilwell on how to thrive in the wing-back position and he must be picking his brain in training for tips.
Tuchel’s preferred system includes wing-backs that join in with attacks freely, which is why Chilwell should be looking to his Spanish teammate for inspiration.
Alonso’s best years in a Chelsea shirt were definitely his first two seasons. He was an ever-present in the Blues XI then during the two years Italian boss Antonio Conte was in charge in west London.
His offensive game was superb in Conte’s wing-back system, scoring 13 Premier League goals during two seasons under him. For instance, he netted six times in the league during the title-winning season back in the 2016/17 campaign.
Chilwell’s return of four goals and seven assists last season went under the radar. However, he should be ambitious to score more goals in the new season because he’s got the quality arriving at the back post.
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