Reece James' father says club officials expect Blues loanee to make Chelsea first team

Reece James’ father, Nigel, shared what Huddersfield Town officials recently told him about highly-rated Chelsea loanee Levi Colwill.

Colwill has had an impressive loan spell in Championship so far, having just helped Huddersfield reach the play-off final.

Unsurprisingly, the Evening Standard claims that the 19-year-old is one of the loanees who will be given opportunities to earn first-team spots at Chelsea by Thomas Tuchel in the upcoming pre-season.

The expected departures of the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen might also boost Colwill’s chances.

The young centre-back will ultimately have to impress Tuchel, but he has so far convinced the people at his loan club, according to James, who is a football coach himself.

“I’ve heard quite a lot about Levi,” the Chelsea star’s father told The Byline podcast (you can listen to the full podcast here).

“He’s had a terrific season in Huddersfield.

“Funny enough, I was with officials at Huddersfield not long ago.

“They told me what he was like as a player. They couldn’t praise him enough for how he is.

“They look at it that he would be someone that could come back to Chelsea and have a career there.

“So yeah, I’ve heard some really, really positive, excellent stuff about him.”

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While the Blues will likely be in the market for new centre-backs in the summer transfer window, Colwill could still be part of Tuchel’s squad next season.

Depending on Malang Sarr’s future, Chelsea may need more than just one new left centre-back next season, and Colwill has all the traits a manager would want in that position.

He is a left-footed defender who is quite comfortable with the ball at his feet.

Obviously, he is relatively inexperienced, but so was Reece James when he first arrived at the club.

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