On August 26, Chelsea finally landed Ben Chilwell for a reported €45 million.
Chilwell is Left-back, who likes to dribble and is excellent on the ball. However, his best quality is
his defending, particularly in one on one situation. He averaged 1 interception, 1.6 tackles and 2 clearance per games during his 27 appearances in Premier League.
Despite standing at just 178cm, he is a formidable presence in the air. He wins 2.1 aerial duels per game at a success rate of 60%. Despite his affinity to dribble, he is not as effective as carrying the ball forward. 0.7 successful dribbles at an underwhelming 38% success rate is a cause for worry.
His crossing stats are also below par with just 0.7 accurate crosses per game at 18% success rate.
How can we effectively utilize Ben Chilwell at Chelsea?
Chelsea, under Frank Lampard, are expected to lineup in a 4-3-3 formation with two attacking 8’s. While this would surely make Chelsea a formidable force in attack, they will be equally susceptible to counter attacks. How can we prevent this?
Ideally, I would like Reece James to bomb forward as his characteristics compliment Hakim Ziyech. With the tendency of Timo Werner to drift towards the left-hand side of the field, he would constantly interchange with either Pulisic or CHO as seen in our recent friendly match against Brighton.
The imminent signing of Kai Havertz is going to occupy one of the attacking 8’s and I expect him to contribute to the attack and be our creative force and score some goals by arriving at the box.
With possession, I think Chilwell would be better suited to tuck in with Kante and protect the defence. This way, his good passing range can be used to start the attacks as well. And he and Kante can cover the wings or protect the defence during the transition owing to their fantastic work rate and ability to run throughout the game.
With possession, we might likely be in a 2-2-1-5 shape with two CB being the last line of defence, Kante and Chilwell shielding the defence and Mason Mount or Kovacic being the spare man to start the counter-press as soon as we lose the ball.
[All the stats were taken from sofascore]
Written by Gaurav Sapkota.