'He's got everything': Anton Ferdinand raves about 19-year-old on Chelsea's books, compares to Rio

Anton Ferdinand has given a glowing assessment when discussing Chelsea-owned talent Levi Colwill.

Colwill, 19, is a super youngster that’s come through the Blues academy at Cobham.

The teenage defender is yet to make his first-team debut for Chelsea, but is enjoying a great season-long loan spell in the Championship with promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town.

His teammate and Huddersfield captain Jonathan Hogg is tipping him to “play at the top” in his career.

Ferdinand is a massive admirer of the Chelsea loanee, especially as he’s a left-footed centre-half. In addition, he’s even made a bold comparison between Colwill and his brother Rio Ferdinand, who many regard as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever defenders.

“When I’ve looked at him and watched him, the first thing I saw was his presence, his stature, his build,” Ferdinand said.

“For someone so young, 19 years old, to have the stature he’s got. He looks like he plays with an older head, which is also a good thing as a centre-back. Blessed to be left-footed, there’s not many left-footed centre-backs about.

“The ball at his feet is a major, major asset to his armoury. He’s very good on the ball, he’s calm and collected, he’s assertive with his passing, he’s someone that can start attacks.

“When you look at a modern day centre-back he’s got everything to go to the very top. The word Rolls-Royce was associated with Rio, and he’s got similar attributes to Rio.”

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A lot of Chelsea excitement

This is yet another example of someone showering Colwill with praise this season.

The England Under-21 international is ticking so many boxes at such a young age, so the Blues fanbase can’t wait to see him promoted to the first-team squad.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may need to reinforce his defence moving into the next campaign. Therefore, it’ll be interesting to see if Colwill can impress him during pre-season when he returns from his Huddersfield loan.

He can take individual confidence from seeing academy success stories like Mason Mount, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the current senior squad.

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