Thomas Tuchel may copy Frank Lampard’s trick to unlock the ‘next John Terry’ amid £200m Chelsea scheme

Thomas Tuchel should try to take a leaf out of Frank Lampard’s book when deciding Levi Colwill’s future. With Chelsea set to experience an exodus of defenders this summer and Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen departing after their contracts expire, the 19-year-old is expected to be integrated into the first-team after his return from loan to Huddersfield Town. by destination.

The Cobham graduate has played 31 times for the Terries and guided Carlos Corberan’s side to promotion to the Premier League. Colwill’s impressive performances this season secured the Yorkshire side a place in the play-off final against Nottingham Forest but fell at the final hurdle.

An unfortunate mistake by the Chelsea defender on loan in the first half gave Steve Cooper’s side the first and only goal of the tie. But despite Colwill’s misfortune, Goal add that the west Londoners are ‘so impressed’ with his development and will play a key role in shaping Tuchel’s summer transfer plans.

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Colwill spoke to Goal to reflect on the game and showed a steely mentality: “There wasn’t much I could do about the goal. I just wanted to block it but he kicked my knee up and it hit it. I didn’t know what to do I say but I thought [expletive] it.

“I have to keep playing and help the team. I tried that. It was just unfortunate.

Colwill should take inspiration from Mason Mount, who also suffered from the league game final misery before his breakthrough at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard relieved midfield in the Blues’ starting XI and soon enough, Derby County’s Wembley misery was a lost memory.

Chelsea are expected to sign two centre-backs this summer to replace Rudiger and Christensen. Todd Boehly’s syndicate are keen to bolster the Blues’ armoury and The Telegraph say that, after factoring in player sales, Tuchel is expected to have £200m available to bolster his side

However, Colwill, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2025, has a chance to cement a role in Tuchel’s first team in the pre-season. Operating primarily on the left side of a back three at John Smith’s Stadium, he enjoys much of his success threading passes into his midfielders, winning aerial duels and defending with wisdom beyond his years.

With a big summer in the cards, Colwill has insisted he is ready for a Premier League challenge. He told The Athletic: “I think I’m ready. I’ve learned a lot this year so I’m hoping the next step will be in the Premier League with Chelsea, Huddersfield or whoever.”

The Chelsea youngster, who wore the No. 26 on loan to Huddersfield this season, has been compared to club legend and former captain John Terry. Colwill said, “I’ll take it. I won’t complain. It’s not a bad thing to be called the new John Terry.

“I didn’t make the comparison myself, so the fans and media can make whatever comparisons they want, it won’t affect me. John Terry is a club legend and leader, someone every Chelsea centre-back should look to.

“A great guy and player. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him too much. When he was near the academy building we would occasionally have a little chat, but it was more of a ‘Hello, how are you?’ something like that, not on a personal level about football or anything like that.”

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