'Look six inches taller': Pat Nevin says he's seen a big change in two Chelsea players

Pat Nevin picked out Ben Chilwell and Timo Werner as the Chelsea players who had grown into their respective skins recently.

Writing in his column for the club website, Nevin noted an uplift in the personae of the Blues duo.

Which is no surprise, bearing in mind the past few weeks the pair have enjoyed.

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After a very slow start to the season, a 3-1 win against Southampton shot Werner and Chilwell back into the spotlight.


Before crossing the Saints off at Stamford Bridge, they had only started five games combined for Chelsea this term.

Thomas Tuchel decided to throw them both into action and his decision was ultimately telling.

Werner netted his second of the term to put the home side ahead, having already been denied once by VAR.

And Chilwell dusted himself off after conceding a penalty by converting Chelsea’s third of the afternoon.

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Boosted Blues

Not long after the Premier League scalp, the two were on duty for their international teams and once again found themselves amongst the goal scorers.

England’s 5-0 win over Andorra on Saturday included Chilwell’s first senior strike for his country.

A few days later, Werner bagged a German brace, his fifth in five outings for Die Mannschaft.

Certainly a fortnight worthy of celebration for the once cast aside couple.

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“Sometimes there is a little inner groan when particular players pop off to the international camps due to the fear of injury, but most of the time it has a positive effect and on this occasion, it was the best thing that could have happened to Ben,” scribbled Nevin.

“Both he and the aforementioned Timo scored vital goals against Southampton in the last game at the Bridge.

“Before that you could see they needed a little boost.

“You can’t do better in that situation than scoring goals and you can see the positive effect it has had on both of them.

“Their combined confidence is soaring and it has made all the difference to them.

“Both players look six inches taller as they walk onto the field just now and that is great news considering the run of games coming up.”

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Tough tests lie ahead

As Nevin highlighted, Chelsea will need all the poise available thanks to the congested fixture list on the horizon.  

Although Tuchel’s men are expected to win arguably all of the next seven matches, the rapidity in which they are arriving might be an issue.

Those seven contests have been crammed into the space of just 20 days.

Brentford on Saturday, followed by a European tie with Malmo the following Wednesday.

That weekend, Chelsea welcome Norwich in the league.

72 hours days later, a Carabao Cup clash against Southampton.

Four days on, a trip to newly acquired Newcastle United.

Tiptoeing into November, another collision with Malmo, and finally, on the 6th, Burnley take on the Blues.

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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.