'Form of his life': BBC pundit says he's never seen 24-year-old Chelsea star playing better than right now

Garth Crooks hailed Ben Chilwell’s noticeable contribution for Chelsea against Norwich City last weekend.

Crooks included Chilwell – alongside Mason Mount and Reece James – in his BBC Premier League team of the week.

It is no great surprise the English trio all made the cut.

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All three were on target during the 7-0 extermination of Norwich on Saturday.

Mount rounded off a five-star display with his first senior hat trick for Chelsea.

James netted his second of the season by gently dinking the ball over the Canaries goalkeeper Tim Krull.

Ice-cool from Chilly

Chilwell made it four shortly after the interval, driving home a delicious low strike into the bottom corner.

The 24-year-old has been converting for fun recently, having notched up four goals in his last five fixtures for club and country.

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His terrific effort away to Brentford earlier this month ensured Chelsea travelled back across the capital with all three points.  

This is some turnaround considering the defender failed to play a single minute of football until the sixth match of the campaign.

“He was very unlucky not to make my selection for his performance against Brentford last week after a thunderous half-volley,” confessed Crooks.

“However, I just couldn’t ignore the England full-back after his performance against Norwich.

“Chilwell scored his fourth goal in four league games against Norwich and is in the form of his life.”

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Ben back to his best

With three already for the term, Chilwell is well on track to have his best scoring term in first-team football.

Last year, the left-back managed four following his summer move from Leicester City.

He is now making the position his own again, having previously fallen out of favour with Thomas Tuchel.

Marcos Alonso’s revival continued for a large proportion of 2021/22, meaning Chilwell was almost completely overlooked.

However, the pair’s fortunes have seemingly been reversed, with the England international back amongst his manager’s good books, whilst Alonso is sat on the naughty step.   

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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.