Ben Chilwell’s absence leaves a big hole in Chelsea’s weakened attack,
Ben Chilwell is just not one of the best participant in Chelsea’s first XI, however he’s among the many most essential.
In accordance with a report in the Telegraph in the present day, the left-back’s scan has returned optimistic outcomes on the rolled ankle he was given 5 minutes into the sport towards West Ham final night time.
On the very least he’ll miss this weekend’s recreation towards Arsenal, and their article speculates he might be out till the third of January a minimum of.
Which means a sudden and surprising run of video games for Emerson Palmieri at left again. In his now fairly substantial time on the membership, the Italian has by no means impressed for greater than a recreation or two at a time, and has seemed nearer to leaving than making a identify for himself for about two years now.
His 85 minutes final night time didn’t give a lot hope of a revival both. The staff struggled to create possibilities from open play, and whereas he can’t be criticised an excessive amount of for what was completely strong efficiency after approaching chilly, Emerson didn’t get to the byline or actually threaten in any respect.
Now the left again be thrown into the deep finish with matches towards Arsenal, Manchester Metropolis and Aston Villa over the following 13 days.
Chilwell’s presence down the left had been a actual outlet in phrases of objectives and assists for the facet this season up to now, and his alternative will do little to make up for that.
The entire challenge is compounded by Reece James’ absence on the proper, which dramatically reduces our menace on that facet too. Cesar Azpilicueta can present strong cowl defensively, however he doesn’t have James’ attacking output. It additionally implies that the Spaniard is tied to that facet in the meanwhile, quite than having the likelihood to play forward of Emerson at left again, as occurred a number of occasions final season when Frank Lampard was pissed off each by the previous Roma man and Marcos Alonso.
With these two out as fixtures attain their most intense, we want each different member of the staff to step up if we’re to keep away from a hunch. The possibilities are that each our attacking and defensive phases of play might be severe affected by shedding our two first selection full backs, and the added pressure on the legs of the entire squad might be extreme.
The chances given right here have us as favourites for the Arsenal match, maybe unsurprisingly given their current type, however we’d count on a a lot tighter recreation now we’ll be considerably weaker down one flank.