'Mature for his age': Manager amazed by 'impressive' 19-year-old Chelsea loanee he's had for less than three weeks

Brighton manager Graham Potter has explained he’s been really impressed by the impact of Chelsea loanee Levi Colwill in such a short space of time at the Amex Stadium.

Blues-owned defender Colwill, 19, completed a season-long loan move to Premier League rivals Brighton earlier this month.

It looks like the English teenager is already making a strong impression in just under three weeks on the south coast.

The left-footed centre-back enhanced his reputation massively during his loan at Championship side Huddersfield Town last season, so has now been given the opportunity to prove himself in the top division.

He’s had just one brief cameo appearance so far in Brighton colours. However, the Carabao Cup second round fixture tonight against Forest Green looks an ideal moment for him to get a first start.

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Potter impressed by Colwill

Brighton’s boss has shared that Chelsea’s loanee is part of the group to play Forest Green on Wednesday.

The centre-half is impressing everyone around training, but he’ll need minutes on the pitch to really make his mark at his new club.

“Levi’s fitted in really well. He’s a very impressive young man who’s very mature for his age,” Potter said.

“He’s looking to support the team and is training well. We’re delighted with him and he’ll be in the squad.”

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Form a worry

Brighton’s excellent start to the new league season is slightly worrying from a Chelsea perspective.

As it stands, Chelsea’s Colwill finds himself with a big challenge to break into the starting line-up at the Amex.

A back three of Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk and Joel Veltman appears to be the settled defensive combination for Brighton, so Colwill may need to bide his time.

Described as “very good” by Mason Mount, Colwill’s aim this season will be to test himself at the Premier League level. It’s a concern that his minutes on the pitch may be brief, though.

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