Chelsea’s new signing Ben Chilwell has question marks over his defensive capabilities, according to Premier League commentator Ian Darke. Chilwell completed a £50million move to Chelsea from Leicester City on Wednesday. The England international was Frank Lampard’s first-choice left-back signing for the summer transfer window.
Darke is a fan of Chilwell and thinks it will turn out to be a good signing for Chelsea.
But he does not think it will solve the issues Chelsea had at the back in Lampard’s first season in charge.
Chelsea conceded more goals than any other team in the top-half of the Premier League last term.
“Probably [good business], yeah,” Darke said of Chilwell on ESPN FC.
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“I think there are one or two people who are good judges who have got reservations about Chilwell as a defender.
“He’s obviously very good going forward, he is England’s No 1 left-back at the moment, but is he as good doing the defensive side of the job?
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“And that’s where Chelsea have had their problems this past season because a lot of their games were like basketball games. They looked like scoring but they always looked like conceding.
“Maybe the more important signing, which is imminent, is Thiago Silva, even though he’s 35. He might give a bit of solidity to that defence.
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“But yeah, by current valuations, £50m for Chilwell is probably decent business.”
Chilwell said the role Lampard played in the deal made his decision to move to Stamford Bridge “easy”.
“Massively important,” Chilwell said.
“I obviously wanted to play for a massive club, that’s what everyone wants for their whole career, but talking to Frank before I came was one of the main reasons that I wanted to come.
“He’s installed a lot of confidence in me, told me how much the system suits the way I play and just seems like a really good guy who you can talk about stuff away from football to.
“I think that’s very important for a young player, a manager that you can get on with and talk to stuff about.
“He’s very keen on young players, you’ve seen that since he’s been here and talking to him was a massive, massive reason for me wanting to come.”
“When I spoke to the gaffer, he installed what I already knew, that this system really does suit me.”
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