Carragher delivers his verdict on Leicester fans booing Ben Chilwell
Jamie Carragher has delivered his verdict on Leicester City fans booing Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell last month.
Chelsea beat Leicester 3-0 in November at the King Power Stadium in a Premier League encounter.
In fairness, the two clubs have had quite the rivalry in 2021. Chelsea pipped the Foxes to a top-four finish in the league last season but lost out to them in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
Chilwell, 24, was targeted with loud boos by the Leicester home crowd in a recent encounter.
Chelsea signed him from Leicester for £50million in 2020 and his ex-club’s fans were fairly vocal with their hostile attitude towards him.
Surprisingly, he’s someone who joined the Foxes academy aged 12. It seems like 10 years of service isn’t enough to please some, though.
Carragher, who’s done a column discussing the Aston Villa crowd booing Manchester City’s Jack Grealish this week, has mentioned the Chilwell incident.
He seems to suggest the Leicester fans feel Chilwell used them as a stepping stone.
“Villa fans may feel they are being singled out, but the Grealish incident is the harshest in recent memory. Ben Chilwell was booed on his return to Leicester City recently, but you could argue he was not at the King Power stadium long enough to forge a lasting relationship. If players are perceived to be using clubs as a stepping stone, they know there will be no love for them when they go to an old ground,” Carragher wrote.
Chilwell vital to Chelsea
For Chilwell, he took the step he felt was best for his career last summer when he completed a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Leicester have frequently sold their best players in recent times, so the reaction towards one of their ex-academy players is slightly odd given the £50million windfall he brought them.
Regardless, Chilwell is now a Champions League winner.
The brilliant left wing-back is sidelined through injury right now for at least six weeks and his absence is already being felt.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will be praying for his speedy recovery.
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