Chelsea Football Club enjoyed an excellent start to this season (2021-22) which has slowed down under the stress of injuries, Covid-19, and the contract shenanigans involving Antiono Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
This article will concentrate on the contract negotiations of Rudiger and Christensen – and whether the long term solution to these two potentially leaving is already at the club.
Levi Colwill joined Chelsea, aged 9-years-old and has made impressive progress throughout his time at the much-lauded Cobham academy.
With Chelsea stacked in defence in terms of numbers at the beginning of this season, alongside the breakthrough of Trevoh Chalobah, Colwill decided to join Championship team Huddersfield on loan for the 2021-22 season.
The expiring contracts of Rudiger and Christensen have made Chelsea fans think long and hard about how the club will rebuild the defence following either or both of these players leaving in the summer.
Colwill is the player many Chelsea fans are campaigning for as the replacement for either Christensen or Rudiger. Levi is undoubtedly a prestigious talent, but could he save Chelsea a fortune in the transfer market.
Levi is a current England under 17 international who offers versatility for Chelsea across the defence. After progressing through the ranks of the Chelsea academy, he signed a new 4-year contract at Stamford Bridge before joining Huddersfield for his first taste of first-team football this season.
Many opposition fans of Huddersfield have waxed lyrical about the performances of the young defender.
He’s blessed, with exceptional positional ability, where he always seems to be in the right place for a block or a tackle – very much in the mould of Chelsea legend John Terry. In addition to his excellent positional play, Levi has proven adept at bringing the ball out from defence and beginning attacks.
He has shown an impressive array of passing, again in the mould of John Terry.
When younger players go from academy football to professional football, they can struggle with the physical nature of professional football.
Levi has adapted brilliantly, and due to his level temperament and exceptional reading of the game – he has adapted to the physical nature of Championship football.
In a recent interview with Yorkshire Live – Colwill opened up about life at Huddersfield, showing he is savouring every moment, whether positive or negative.
He said: “I’ve learnt a lot defensively, definitely so being stronger and always staying concentrated because it can be a split second where you turn off and goal, your heads in your hands and it’s annoying, it’s not a very nice feeling.”
Championship loans have proven to be successful for Chelsea youngsters in recent times – with Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah both showing how gaining experience in the Championship has enabled them both to become regulars under Thomas Tuchel.
Levi Colwill seems to be taking all praise in his stride. Hearing this young starlet talk about learning from bad experiences indicates he has the right attitude to reach the top. Whether both Rudiger and Christensen leave is to be seen, but with the emergence of Levi Colwill, the future of the Chelsea defence is a bright one.
Levi has shown this season he has all the attributes you want from a top-class defender. Andreas Christensen seems almost certain to depart Stamford Bridge this summer – and with the emergence of Levi Colwill, it will help soften the blow of his or any other defensive departures from Stamford Bridge this summer.