Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen has explained that he’s definitely capable of starting as a winger in Mauricio Pochettino’s line-up.

In fairness, it’s hard to argue with him after his 45-minute performance overnight against Wrexham.

Ian Maatsen, who’s regarded as a quality left-back, is with Chelsea’s first-team group for this summer’s pre-season. This comes off the back of a superb season-long loan last year at Burnley, who romped to the Championship title and promotion.

Many Blues supporters may been excited to see if the 21-year-old can mount a real challenge for the starting left-back spot.

However, Mauricio Pochettino decided to spring a surprise by playing Maatsen as a left-winger when Chelsea beat Wrexham 5-0 in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Chelsea FC v Wrexham - Pre-Season Friendly
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Maatsen put down a serious marker in the win against Wrexham by scoring the opening two goals, both were decent low finishes with his favoured left foot.

So, could this become a more permanent thing moving forward?

It’s interesting to hear young Dutchman admit he’s happy playing further up the pitch, which is fair enough when you consider he’s an adventurous full-back.

“It is a position I can play. I can adapt really quick. I also come in those positions when I play at left-back so for me it isn’t so difficult,” Maatsen said, as quoted by The Evening Standard.

Chelsea FC v Wrexham - Pre-Season Friendly
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The Athletic has claimed this month that Chelsea have received approaches from Nottingham Forest, West Ham, Wolfsburg and Benfica for Maatsen. Burnley are considered in pole position to re-sign the £20million defender, though.

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