Former England forward and pundit Darren Bent has told Chelsea that they should try and go in for Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell.
The youngster has been linked to Frank Lampard’s side in recent weeks as speculation grows about whether they will be able to invest in January.
The Sun reported on November 4 that Chelsea could have £150m to spend in the January transfer window if the Blues’ appeal against their two-window suspension is overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on November 20.
It’s claimed that they have a sizeable kitty due to the club not being able to reinvest the Eden Hazard funds that they raised in the summer.
The same report suggested that they will go after Ben Chilwell – as well as Wilfried Zaha and Timo Werner – in the upcoming window.
Now with the date for Chelsea’s appeal and the transfer window coming closer, pundit Darren Bent has backed the Blues to go after Chilwell, stating that is the main position they need to strengthen.
Bent said on TalkSPORT: “I don’t know how much money they’re going to have if this ban is overturned, but if they can go and get Ben Chilwell I think that’s really the only position where you’d say ‘well, if we can strengthen somewhere, it will be there’.
“And if you’re going to get him, then yeah I’m all for that. But they don’t need to go and make wholesale signings.
“I think they could have a look at the squad, see where they might be a bit light, there’s injuries and stuff, but you don’t need to go and buy, other than the left-back with Ben Chilwell, any starters.”
Leicester fans might be a bit concerned about the future of their academy prospect, however, it would come as a big shock to see the club part with their man.
Firstly, with Chilwell having an affiliation with the club due to him coming through the academy, it would seem quite strange for him to depart while things are going so well at Leicester and they have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League. He is only 22, is getting played most weeks by Rodgers and is improving – why would he risk stunting that secure development he is getting at Leicester?
Also, despite Bent saying that left-back is the position Chelsea need to strengthen, it could be argued that it is one of their more experienced positions. With Lampard playing so many young players, there aren’t many players who have actually won things; Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso have been part of this Chelsea squad for a longer while and will be much more attuned to the high-pressure situations at the club. If they did sign Ben Chilwell, then presumably one of those two would have to leave in January, as that would be a remarkable amount of depth for one position.
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