'He's quick and aggressive': Gareth Southgate is a big fan of 22-year-old who Chelsea reportedly want to sign

Gareth Southgate sung the praises of Chelsea-linked Tyrick Mitchell following his full England debut yesterday.

Southgate spoke highly of the Crystal Palace full-back in his press conference after The Three Lions put three past the Ivory Coast at Wembley last night.

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Mitchell made his full senior England debut on Tuesday, having come off the bench for his first appearance against Switzerland a few days prior.

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In fact, the Palace youngster had never previously stepped foot inside an England dressing room at any age level, making his rise to the summit even more admirable.

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The 22-year-old was actually a late addition to the squad, as defensive duo Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold both had to pull out through injury.

Left-back is a position Southgate has limited options in right now, mainly due to the long-term suffering of Chelsea’s own Ben Chilwell.

Therefore, he must’ve been delighted to see Mitchell put on two mature displays in situations admittedly without much consequence.

“Tyrik is a different profile to our other full-backs, he made some good defensive decisions tonight,” said the England manager.

“He’s quick and aggressive to get out to people. He can be really pleased with what he’s done.”

A firm favourite of the PL’s best

Whilst international fans might not be aware of Mitchell’s quality, watchers of the Premier League are certainly well attuned to his talents.

This season, only Christian Norgaard of Brentford has made more tackles (91) than the fledgling Eagle (90).

According to WhoScored.com, he also ranks amongst the top ten for passes blocked (33) and top three for crosses blocked (16).

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Therefore, it is little surprise that Chelsea, among several other English clubs, are reportedly interested in his services.

For the Blues, their need to sign another full-back has been greater than most this term.

Especially on the left, where Thomas Tuchel has mostly had to rely on Marcos Alonso because of Chilwell’s absence.

Alonso could well leave in the summer, handing Tuchel an extra headache to deal with if Chilwell is still not fully fit.

Of course, the European champions cannot make any signings until the new owner takes Roman Abramovich’s place.

But Mitchell might well be high on the priority list once the money starts flowing again.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.