According to a recent report from ESPN, Ben Chilwell’s future at Leicester City appears far from certain. The England international came up through the ranks at the Premier League outfit and has since become a regular under Claude Puel, with his mightily impressive efforts for the Foxes seemingly attracting the interest of City manager Pep Guardiola.
And that’s because a recent report from ESPN suggests that the Citizens are eyeing up a summer move for the Leicester defender, which should prompt Puel’s Foxes to prepare for his possible exit by launching a move for fellow left back Patrick van Aanholt, valued at £8.1 million by Transfermarkt.
Ultimately, while it took Chilwell some time to convince some sections of the Leicester faithful of his capabilities, the 22-year-old appears to have completely banished those doubts in recent times such have been his incredibly high-level displays for the Foxes in the last 12 months.
The Englishman, capped five times by his country at senior level in 2018, initially struggled to regularly dislodge the experienced Christian Fuchs from the starting eleven in the 2016/17 season, appearing only 12 times in the Premier League, only for the arrival of Puel to pave the way for the young defender to become the number one left back at the King Power Stadium.
And that’s because the 22-year-old appeared 32 times in all competitions for the Foxes last term as they finished ninth in the Premier League under the Frenchman, while he has missed only one league game so far this time round to underline his consistently high-level efforts for the Midlanders – there’s a reason he has forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s England reckoning.
And with Benjamin Mendy’s recurrent injury issues leaving Guardiola short in the left back ranks at Man City, a move for Chilwell this summer makes complete sense – and were that to indeed happen, Leicester have to be prepared by bringing Crystal Palace’s van Aanholt to the Midlands outfit.
The Netherlands international has proven to be one of the most impressive left backs in the Premier League over the years for both Sunderland and indeed Palace, with his exit from the former for the latter in January 2017 somewhat consigning the Black Cats to relegation that season.
Up until then, the 28-year-old had been a regular at the Stadium of Light and started the 2016/17 campaign well before Palace came calling, where he has since continued to produce the goods with 68 appearances for the Eagles, in which time he has netted nine times and laid on three assists.
Yes, there have been some question marks about his defensive capabilities in Roy Hodgson’s side, but one does not play 149 times in the Premier League at left back if one does not have adeptness at the back – add in his dynamism in getting forward and helping out in attack, and van Aanholt appears to be exactly what Leicester need were Chilwell to indeed leave.
As such, with City reportedly (as per ESPN) keen on the young Foxes defender, Leicester themselves have to be ready for such exit by launching a move for Palace’s van Aanholt.
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