Ben Chilwell has credited Frank Lampard and his Chelsea teammates for helping him to instantly settle in at his new club.
The left-back position had become a serious position of concern for Frank Lampard last season, with Marcos Alonso more suited to playing as a wing-back rather than in a back four.
After impressing for Leicester City, Chilwell emerged as Chelsea‘s primary target at left-back, and the England international has wasted no time in settling in his new surround following his £50m move to Stamford Bridge.
“Since I’ve come in I have felt pretty comfortable,” Chilwell told the Chelsea website.
“That’s down to the manager, the coaching staff and the players. Everyone has made me feel very welcome. Also, the style of football we play suits me perfectly.
“The manager and the coaching staff are always telling me to get in at the back post and get up there and score more goals and get more assists. I can’t be happy just to put crosses in, but want to score and get more assists. I have tried to add that to my game this season.
Ben Chilwell’s 2020/21 season so far:
7 clean sheets
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“Defensively, playing alongside the likes of Thiago Silva, Zoum, Reece, Azpi, Edou behind, everyone that’s been there has been brilliant. When you’re playing with people around you who you are confident in, it gives you more confidence in the way you play. I feel like I have found it comfortable because of how everyone has been with me.”
Chilwell has already scored two and provided two assists in his five Premier League appearances for the Blues, though has also helped their defence improve, and the 23-year-old admitted that his role also demands the intelligence of knowing when and when not to attack.
“It’s a balance,” he added. “It’s not getting up there and being at the back-post and leaving the rest of the defence vulnerable, and it’s not staying in defence and not getting forward.
“You have to pick and choose your moments. What I have found that is brilliant is when I do get forward at the back post and I turn round, I have got Mason there covering me, N’Golo, Jorginho, they are covering me, and then you’ve got Thiago and Zoum who eat everything up at the back.
“I know when I do get forward the players behind me are doing a brilliant job in terms of stopping the counter-attack.”