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.
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.
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.