25 March 2020 08:35
At his best, Ben Chilwell is one of the finest attacking full-backs in the country yet, he has displayed a far more important quality during Leicester's impressive season – an ability to learn quickly from his mistakes. When the Foxes travelled to Burnley on January 19, Chilwell – a strong transfer target for Chelsea – would have expected a place in the starting XI, yet he was not even named on the bench. Chilwell has often been overshadowed this season by his opposite full-back, Portuguese star Ricardo Pereira, but he has still played an important role in Leicester's march to third in the table. With a strong finish to the campaign, he would surely have retained his spot as England's first-choice left back for Euro 2020, had the tournament gone ahead as planned, while the coronavirus crisis that caused the suspension of the Premier League means the nature of the summer transfer window is still to be decided. While his defensive game still needs work, Chilwell – a poster boy for the Leicester academy – is a serious force when charging forward, and has developed a good understanding with left-sided attacker Harvey Barnes, another academy product and the break-out star of Leicester's campaign.
'As the fans' expectation has grown, and the performances they want from players and the team has grown, and that's something that he, as a top talent, has to live with, but he's strong enough to deal with that,' Rodgers added. Off the field, Chilwell is very close to James Maddison, another young star of Leicester's season. He's been on Frank Lampard and Chelsea's radar all season, with a string of consistent performances for the Foxes this season helping to fire Brendan Rodgers' side into surprise Champions League contention. 90min then learned in October that Lampard's side were indeed looking at replacing Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, with the Leicester man one of a number of options. But Goal report that Leicester's valuation - which could reach as much as £80m - could be a major stumbling block, even though Lampard would prefer to sign the Englishman over FC Porto's Alex Telles and Barcelona's Marc Cucurella, who are also on the club's shortlist.