Latest Ben Chilwell update leaves Marina Granovskaia with risky £45m transfer decision to make – Anita Abayomi


This is not a false alarm, Ben Chilwell has a potential return date, and it is not far away.

Christmas may have already passed, but our Chilwell gift could potentially be delivered just before Chelsea play Tottenham in the Premier League. This is the part where you jump for joy.

Ben Chilwell’s absence has taken a much larger toll on the team than many of us could have imagined. Following his departure against Juventus in the Champions League, Chelsea lost their form. It’s pretty insane to think that one wing-back could upset the entire balance of the team.

Now that a date has been set, would Roman Abramovich need to spend on a particular French left-back?

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Chelsea’s links with AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez have grown over the last week. It looks like Roman Abramovich himself has taken a look at the rising french left-back, and his form had piqued the Chelsea owner’s interest. I cannot say that I’m surprised. The Blues have become shaky, and their left flank remains a passageway for the opposition to attack.

A young Theo Hernandez could do the trick to block that route towards the goal for the opposition. That’s if Ben Chilwell doesn’t return in time.

Maybe Chelsea needs the Frenchman to join the team regardless of Ben Chilwell’s form. A bit of healthy competition never hurt anybody, right? Wrong. Chilwell had to face time on the back seat as Marcos Alonso took charge as a left wingback at the start of the season. While Alonso excelled at a high standard, Chilwell struggled to make his way back into the starting eleven. I cannot imagine having to put him through that again.

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There’s a high level of empathy for Chilwell in the Chelsea fan base. We adore the 25-year-old not just for his performances on the pitch but his interactions off it. His brotherhood with Mason Mount and his pranks on others seem to connect with the fans in a way that a newcomer might not be able to. Though it irks me to say this, we need to put our sentiment aside to avoid this situation from arising again.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 with Ben Chilwell during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Ben Chilwell injury has been a huge loss to the Chelsea side

By this situation I mean, the entire Chelsea camp crumbling at the loss of Chilwell to injury. If it happens again, we need to be well equipped to handle this. Take a look at Manchester United, for example. Luke Shaw has been out with injury for United’s last five matches; however, he has not been missed. Not because he is not a great player, but because he has had an adequate replacement fighting for his spot – Alex Telles.

A Shaw and Telles type of competition is what we need at Chelsea right now. It’s healthy competition, to say the least. Both Ben Chilwell and Theo Hernandez are of world-class calibre at the end of the day. There is also the option of playing Hernandez as a left centre back to keep Chilwell as a left wing-back and vice versa. We all know how Thomas Tuchel’s three at the back system works. We often see Antonio Rudiger occupying that left centre back role in the final third or charging forward with the ball.

The two roles are both dynamic. With Rudiger on his way towards the exit door, we might as well try our luck.

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