'Fantastic': Graham Potter raves about £50m Chelsea player that's really important at Stamford Bridge
Graham Potter has called Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell an important player at Stamford Bridge.
Chilwell, 25, is an attack-minded left-back that’s very popular with Blues supporters.
The £50million England international has had a tough 2022 because of a long-term injury, which is why he’s still trying to get back to his best this season.
Also, he’s now got extra competition for Chelsea left wing-back spot now that Marc Cucurella is at the club.
Potter called Chilwell important player
Chelsea boss Potter has been keen to highlight the importance of Chilwell to the team.
“I’ve been really impressed with him, his attitude has been fantastic,” Potter said.
“Of course it’s frustrating not to play but he’s intelligent enough to know he’s had a long injury and it’s about step by step getting to his full fitness. He played a behind-closed-doors game for us, 90 minutes. I’ve no doubt about him physically, it’s just for him to be ready to play. I’m sure he will.
“He’s an important member of the team, that’s how I see it, I can’t make any comment about anything else outside of Chelsea, but for us he’s an important player.”
Can he return to best XI?
Chilwell has played seven games across all competitions this season, starting just two of them. He didn’t get on the pitch for England during the recent international break, too.
However, an in-form Chilwell is definitely good enough to get back in the Chelsea side.
His major problem is teammate Cucurella, who thrived last season under Potter when the pair were at Brighton.
The solution could be to play Cucurella as a left-sided centre-back in a back three, which is a role that he’s shown he can do effectively. This would allow Chilwell to slot into the wing-back position in front of him to bring some real pace and athleticism down that entire left flank.
The Englishman definitely brings an extra attacking threat when he’s on the pitch, scoring and assisting against West Ham during the last Premier League match at the start of September. BBC pundit Garth Crooks said that Chilwell was a game changer off the bench.