‘I was a left-back’: Chelsea prospect says he can play in the position Tuchel desperately needs cover for

Levi Colwill revealed that he is able to play left-back amidst mounting concerns at Chelsea about this particular position.

Speaking to the club website, the teenager said he spent a lot of his youth as a left-sided full-back, but eventually transitioned to a centre-back.

Classy Colwill

Colwill has been playing on the left of Huddersfield Town’s back three this season, after joining the Championship side on loan.

The Terriers have greatly appreciated his presence in the defence, as they continue to push for Premier League promotion.

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Carlos Corberán’s team are on a seven-game unbeaten league stretch, with two clean sheets from their last three outings.

Uncoincidentally, the only time they conceded in those three fixtures was without Colwill in the starting line-up.

Chelsea could only wish for that kind of solidity right now.

Chelsea in a pickle

Thomas Tuchel’s men last kept a top flight clean sheet away to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the middle of December.

Their results since that stalemate at Molineux depict a decline in form.

Other than a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa, the Blues’ only triumphs have arrived in cup competitions.

This run of rotten results can partly be owed to the loss of Ben Chilwell and Reece James, two players who are so instrumental for Chelsea, both offensively and defensively.

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Chilwell’s absence has placed great emphasis on Marcos Alonso, who is feeling the effects of playing almost every match.

What could’ve been with Colwill…

The Stamford Bridge chain of command are desperately searching the market for options at left wing-back, with their quest even forcing them to recall Kenedy from his loan spell.  

However, had they followed up on Colwill’s childhood talents, their hunt could’ve been over already.

“Growing up I was a left-back so I’ve always had that attacking side, driving forward with the ball and then that experience as a centre-half has helped my defensive side,” said the 18-year-old.

“When I was younger and I played in a new position, I didn’t really like it because I didn’t understand it, but now I can see how it can help me get into a team.

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“If our left-back is injured then I can fill in if needed so it brings a lot and it gives you a chance that you might not get if you only played one position.

“I’m happy I experienced that and I’m happy Chelsea did that for me when I was younger because it’s helped a lot now.”

Unfortunately, the Blues cannot call upon Colwill as a replacement left-back this term.

According to The Athletic, the defender has already reached a minimum number of minutes with Huddersfield to prevent him from returning prematurely to South West London.

But, at least now we know he is an option for the future.

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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.