Thomas Tuchel may reportedly put Chelsea prospect Levi Colwill into his first-team way ahead of schedule.
According to Goal, the Blues planned for the 18-year-old to have two years away from Stamford Bridge developing his game on loan before a view to challenging for the senior group.
However, the teenager’s current loan with Championship club Huddersfield Town is going so well that he may be fast-tracked into the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge next season.
In addition, the report says people behind the scenes at Chelsea are comparing the youngster’s rise to Reece James. Blues wing-back James was brilliant for Wigan Athletic earlier in his career before becoming a vital player at the Bridge.
Colwill, who appears to be another glittering talent from the Chelsea academy, is passing his test in the Championship with flying colours.
The ball-playing centre-back has comfortably adjusted to men’s football in the second division, so is doing enough to impress the Chelsea hierarchy.
Chelsea opportunity waits
Of course, you don’t want to put too much pressure on an upcoming talent like Colwill with very little experience still.
However, the defender is ticking every box.
He’s looking imperious at times in the Huddersfield backline with his speed, reading of the game and supreme technique with the ball at his feet.
It’ll be a huge surprise if he’s not playing in the Premier League for someone next season, whether that be as a Chelsea first-teamer or on another loan.
It looks like the opportunity may be there for the centre-half to get an opportunity as several key defenders at the club are out of contract in the summer.