‘Timing on point’: Leicester player raves about £50m Chelsea star he’s been watching
Leicester City’s Luke Thomas has explained that he’s been blown away by the recent form of Chelsea wing-back Ben Chilwell.
Thomas, 20, is a Leicester left-back that has ended up replacing Chilwell at the King Power Stadium.
Chilwell completed a £50million move from Leicester to Chelsea back in 2020, winning the Champions League during his first season at Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old England international has been in sensational form during the past couple of months in the left wing-back position.
He scored in three consecutive Premier League games in October, along with his first ever England goal in September. The speedster would surely love to be back in the goals Saturday afternoon when Chelsea travel to Leicester in the Premier League.
Thomas has admitted he been studying Chilwell’s game for tips:
“I’ve been watching Chilly recently and he’s had the timing on point,” Thomas said, as quoted by The Sun.
“Either when he’s going into the box and he’s going to get a chance to score, or if he is going to hold off and help his defenders out in case of a counter-attack.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a defensive role or an attacking role. It’s a bit of both. If you get the chance to get into the box, then definitely I’d get in there.”
Quality Chelsea signing
There were a few eyebrows raised last summer when Chelsea forked out £50million on Chilwell, but the transfer decision has been more than justified.
Chilwell, along with Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, is one of the outstanding English left-backs available to national team boss Gareth Southgate.
He’s in the kind of form where he’s making it impossible for club manager Thomas Tuchel to leave him out of the starting XI.
For Thomas, he’s been bumped up from the Leicester academy to the first team since Chilwell’s sale.
He’s still a raw talent that can be a little inconsistent, but Chelsea may need to watch out for his energy and enthusiasm out wide in today’s match.
Chilwell always looking over shoulder
The beauty of the current Chelsea squad is that there is serious competition for places all over the park.
Chilwell’s the man in possession of the starting left wing-back role right now, with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers also hailing him ahead of Saturday’s game.
However, 30-year-old Blues teammate Marcos Alonso will be patiently waiting to strike.
Tuchel’s got the pair to call on throughout the course of a long season and they’ll keep driving each other on.
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