The Rise of Levi Colwill

Despite the mass exodus of Chelsea youth products which included Marc Guehi, Valentino Livramento and Fikayo Tomori, Chelsea have fortunately managed to tie down one of the best Centre Back prospects in the world, who has impressed on his loan at Huddersfield. So for those who haven’t watched him before – who is he?

Who is Levi Colwill?

Levi Colwill is a 19 year old left footed 6’3” centre back (can slot at left back if needed) who has been at Chelsea since the under-9s. He hails from Southampton, England. He made his debut In a UEFA Youth League draw against Valencia. He soon after signed his professional contract for the club on his 17th birthday and signed a new four-year deal in June 2021 keeping him at the club till 2025.

How good is Levi Colwill?

Levi Colwill is having an impressive loan at Huddersfield and is probably Huddersfield’s player of the season. He has played 28 games for Huddersfield keeping 14 clean sheets – that is a clean sheet in every other game. Levi has it all just name it. His defensive stats are solid as expected with 1.7 tackles won P90, 4.1 Clearances P90 and a WhoScored rating of 7.02. This is impressive when compared to Rudiger’s 1.2 tackles P90, 2.2 clearances P90 and a WhoScored ratings of 6.92. Ball playing is an attribute, almost a requirement needed for a centre back in today’s game. Luckily for us, Levi Colwill is also an inherent ball playing centre back with 51 passes P90 and 2.8 long balls P90. 

Levi Colwill is also utterly dominant on the left side of the pitch, with his big body stature. At a glance, attackers get afraid to go anywhere near him. He need not go to ground to win the ball back. A shoulder nudge is sufficient to put the attacker off balance. As you can see below. Levi is a defensive monster who wins a 50/50 duel with ease.

In the words of his coach, Carlos Corberan: “We looked at Levi last January, so we were aware of him before we signed him. As a person, he fits in so well. It’s his professionalism; the way he conducted himself and approached the loan has been fantastic. Some players come in from bigger clubs and think maybe it will be easy. He has humility and openness to come in and work for his place and buy into what we are doing. He has been excellent and is not only credit to himself but to Chelsea, with the way they work around and prepare these players, The way he has fit into this team has been unbelievable. The player and staff really like him and love working with him. He’s looking to improve and working to get better. Talent wise, for his age, he is one of the best I’ve seen when I’ve been playing and coaching. The chances, for me, are so high that he will go back and play for Chelsea and England.”

This not only shows how good Colwill is on the pitch but off the pitch. No wonder he was given John Terry’s famous number 26. 

In conclusion, Colwill may not be ready to start for us right now, but I believe he has the mentality and ability to push for a starting position in the future just like Mason Mount and Reece James.

A contribution from @Cfc_Dan4v2

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