There is little denying that Chelsea are short of full backs at the moment. Malo Gusto remains suspended for the game against Burnley, while Reece James is still recovering from injury and suspended for the match, while Ben Chilwell could even be out until December following the injury he picked up against AFC Wimbledon.
The success of Chelsea's recent seasons have often appeared to be hit by issues to both Chilwell and James, as key parts to the Blues' systems. Similarly this term, while Chelsea have not enjoyed too many positive results, each of their Premier League assists have come from the full back position. Gusto has recorded two already this term, while Chilwell has also provided a contribution to a Chelsea goal.
However, while the former Leicester City defender will prove a miss for the Blues — they now miss both their captain and vice captain — he has sparingly featured in his natural position. With no shortage of injuries so far this season for Mauricio Pochettino, Chilwell was required to show his talents from a more advanced wing position, and has not always been first choice on the left side of defence.
That honour has been bestowed upon Levi Colwill for the vast majority of minutes this term, and he too has provided an assist this term with a very well-executed pass through to Mykhailo Mudryk versus Fulham. It's a role Pochettino has been happy to see Colwill continue in.
He said last month: «When you have an offensive player in front sometimes you don't need another full back that can go and attack but I think it's about balance and I am happy with him because he provides very good things at the moment. Always in football we can change, we are happy with him playing there.»
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