Video: Chelsea's 25-year-old defender goes and scores a hat-trick during pre-season training yesterday

Ben Chilwell has been spotted impressing in training as he continues his return to fitness ahead of the upcoming season.

The 25-year-old is looking to pick up where he left off from before a knee injury ended his season back in November.

The England international had been on course for his best season yet as the Blues’ first choice left-wing-back, with it looking like he had added regular goal scoring to his game.

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If footage from the club’s pre-season training is anything to go by, his finishing has not deserted him during his recovery.

Chilwell scores hat-trick in training

In the video, Chilwell finds the top corner from range before driving an effort across the onrushing Kepa Arrizabalaga in a style similar to his finish against Norwich City earlier in the season.

He finishes the clip off faking out a defender before rolling the ball into the bottom corner.

The Blues are currently preparing for their first fixture of pre-season against Club America in the early hours of Monday morning, with them hoping a successful tour will lay the foundations for a title charge this season.

The upcoming campaign is a big one for Chilwell personally, as he looks to prove himself to Gareth Southgate in time to become England’s first choice left-back before this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

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Currently, injuries and a lack of confidence from the manager in his options have seen the Three Lions lacking a recognised player for that position, with even fellow Blue Reece James being required to fill the position in their last outing.

It is clear the lack of minutes the 25-year-old was given in last summer’s European Championships took its toll on him mentally, and overcoming that obstacle could see him grow further as one of the best full-backs in the world.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.