Most creative, defensively solid: Why Chilwell has been Chelsea’s signing of the season – opinion

Despite reservations from some fans over his signing, Ben Chilwell should be a contender for Chelsea’s signing of the season if he matches his performances so far.

It’s hard to argue the 23-year-old had a dip in form in his last few months at Leicester City as they crashed out of the Champions League spot.

A heel injury also forced him to sit out the first few games of this season, which some Blues fans thought made his transfer appear a risk.

However, since his recovery and Chelsea debut against Barnsley in September, Chilwell has arguably had the brightest start of the Blues’ summer signings.

To be fair, it must be said that unlike other summer signings such as Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Thiago Silva, Chilwell was already an established Premier League player.

However, his presence in all of Chelsea’s clean-sheet performances this season reveals how important he has been at the back.

He’s not bad going forward either. He’s the only Chelsea player to register more than one assist in the Premier League this season.

Not to mention he has recorded 3.5 key passes per game in the league this season, more than any other Chelsea player.

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Given his four completed crosses per game, his assist tally could have been even more impressive had he played with Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud as a striker rather than Werner, who prefers to exploit spaces behind defenders.

Even when Chelsea struggled to break down the opposition defence, as in Tuesday’s Champions League draw against Sevilla, Chilwell still completed two crosses (from three attempted) during the game.

It’s safe to say he has answered the question why Frank Lampard (and Ashley Cole) was so insistent on signing him this summer.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.