Ben Chilwell, the vice captain of Chelsea, made his comeback against Fulham following an extended period of absence. In the 77th minute, the left-back came in for Raheem Sterling and used the left wing as his operating area.
Mauricio Pochettino, who was left without a left-back, would benefit greatly from Chilwell’s comeback. The player sustained a hamstring injury during the beginning of the new season and missed the first half of it.
Due to an ankle injury, Marc Cucurella will also be out until February. Chelsea’s injury issue has been a major source of headaches for the team and doesn’t seem to be getting better.
Player injuries have affected the team’s Premier League performance each time a player returns from an injury. We really valued Chilwell’s comeback, and the player expressed his gratitude to the supporters by telling Chelsea’s website:
Being back out there supporting the team was wonderful. It feels like I’ve been away for a while, but I’m grateful to the supporters for their support, and it felt fantastic to be back on the pitch.
Even when he returns, it seems improbable that Chilwell, the most inventive and seasoned player, will play left back. Rather, he will most likely operate as a left-winger, which can occasionally be annoying. Due to Mauricio Pochettino’s limited alternatives, Levi Colwill will continue to play as a left-back even though he would rather utilise an attacker with more experience.
Other young players shouldn’t be denied opportunities since Mykhaylo Mudryk seems to be developing into a better player and should be allowed as many as possible to do so. This will only help the forward hone his skills even more. Pochettino should have faith in the younger players; perhaps some of them will show their mettle.