Report: 'Fantastic' Chelsea youngster now expected to leave the Bridge this summer, despite Tuchel wanting close look at him

Reports are suggesting that Chelsea’s Levi Colwill is now expected to leave the club this summer.

According to TalkSPORT, Southampton are attempting to strike a deal for the promising centre-back, who is returning from a successful loan spell at Huddersfield Town.

It had been claimed the 19-year-old was going to be given his chance at the club during this pre-season by Thomas Tuchel, alongside Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher.

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Colwill stood out for the Terriers last season, helping them to the Championship play-off final where they were edged out by Nottingham Forest. His personal season drew praise from his loan club, with fellow defender Tom Lees labelling him as “fantastic”.

Despite the current centre-back shortage at Stamford Bridge, it appears the Englishman is not being considered as an option, with TalkSPORT claiming the youngster is expected to leave the club during this window.

Colwill expected to leave Chelsea

Southampton, who reaped the benefits of Broja’s loan spell last season, have been mentioned as a potential suitor for the 19-year-old, who certainly proved last season that he was capable of plying his trade in the top flight.

For Chelsea fans, the news will bring back familiar fears to past mistakes of the Blues letting defenders go, only for them to excel within a year of their departure.

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Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi are both examples of centre-backs who have gone on to bigger and better things, with the former starring in AC Milan’s Serie A winning campaign.

The club would do well to avoid making a similar mistake, and despite interest in world-renowned stars Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde, the current system of three at the back requires plenty of depth, especially after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s departures have already been confirmed.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.