Gary Cahill has admitted that he’s a big fan of Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill.
Levi Colwill, who’s only 20, signed a new six-year contract with Chelsea this week to commit his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
There’s been a lot of transfer speculation around the English defender in this summer window, but he’s finally silenced the noise by agreeing terms with the club he’s been at since the age of nine.
Now, the left-footed centre-back will have eyes on becoming a first-team star in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Former Chelsea captain and defender Gary Cahill, who’s been a guest of the clubs during pre-season, can now be added to a long list of Colwill’s admirers.
He’s shared that the 20-year-old talent has really impressed him, especially in training sessions.
“You look at attributes you want in a centre-back and ask: Is he tall and good in the air? Does he have good presence? Is he quick? Does he take up good positions to receive the ball? Is he composed on the ball? Levi Colwill has those attributes – now he must keep learning and progressing,” Cahill said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“The manager will help him with that for sure. So will playing alongside Thiago [Silva], who has achieved so much in the game. He can soak up things from him, carry on learning and learning.
“It will be a big season for him. From the training I’ve watched, from what I’ve seen from him in games, it’s clear he’s got massive potential and is a very good player.”
The Athletic recently reported that Chelsea feel like Colwill could develop into one of the world’s very best centre-backs.
If you’ve watched a few Colwill appearances, you’ll know he’s extremely composed and authorative on any stage.
He’s going to bring a fantastic balance to the Chelsea defence this season as a left-footed centre-half.
We loved the look of his partnership next to Thiago Silva in this week’s pre-season game against Borussia Dortmund, which is the same combination we expect to start the Premier League opener against Liverpool a week on Sunday.