Chelsea news: Ben Chilwell suffered an ACL injury during the Blues’ UEFA Champions League win over Juventus in late November. The England international underwent successful knee surgery last month and is unlikely to play again this season.
The London-based club has struggled without his presence, winning just three league games since his injury. Thomas Tuchel Currently he has Marcos Alonso as Chilwell’s backup in his squad. But the Spain international has failed to fill Chilwell’s shoes so far.
The German coach had to play strikers Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic as full-backs during recent matches.
Chelsea news: The last thing that happened in the left-back position for the Blues
according to ReportsChelsea are reluctant to commit beyond a loan deal for a new left-back in this transfer window. Thomas Tuchel is currently monitoring his options both in the transfer market and within the club to replace Chilwell for the remainder of the season.
His first choice is to call up loaned Emerson Palmieri from Lyon. However, the French side is reported to be refusing to terminate the Italy international loan deal despite the Blues’ willingness to offer them compensation.
Ian Matsen and Baba Rahman are other borrowers whose names are also under consideration for the withdrawal of funds.
Besides, academy star Louis Hall impressed during his debut for the Blues against Chesterfield in the FA Cup on Saturday. It’s also seen as a potential option to fill in Chilwell’s boots for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, the Blues have shown a keen interest in signing Everton’s Lucas Digne in recent weeks. But the Merseysiders only want to sell Digne permanently rather than let him leave on loan, making a deal highly unlikely. Aside from Chilwell, AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez and Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico are two other full-backs linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in this window.
What did Thomas Tuchel say about the left-back position?
Speaking to the media recently, Thomas Tuchel gave an update on the club’s left-back status. He said: “I won’t give you any details about it but in general I won’t hide the fact that we have a long-term injury to Ben Chilwell as our left-back who will miss the season. We know and appreciate Aimee as a player and as a person in general.
he added: We need to assess the situation. We are looking into this position. Emi is one option. I will not comment further.”
Chelsea advanced to the next round of the FA Cup by beating Chesterfield United 5-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel’s side will now play with Tottenham in the second leg of the UEFA Cup before playing with Manchester City in EPL The match is on January 15th.