Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Chelsea, has claimed that Mykhailo Mudryk’s recent return to the starting XI has contributed to Ben Chilwell’s relegation to the Blues’ substitutes’ bench.
When he was named to Chelsea’s leadership group in the summer, Chilwell appeared to be headed for a significant position in Pochettino’s new-look side.
After an injury-plagued campaign last season, the 26-year-old appeared back to his form, featuring significantly in a stalemate against Liverpool and in a more attacking role against Luton Town.
However, Pochettino’s desire to include Mudryk’s pace in his starting lineup has prompted the Argentine to reduce Chilwell’s playing time, with Levi Colwill, officially a centre-half, deployed at full-back.
“I am quite pleased with Levi and the way he is playing. “He gives the team a very good balance,” Pochettino remarked on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Brighton.
“Chilly has the possibility to play tomorrow [Wednesday].”
“We were maybe not using him in his best position because he was a winger,” Pochettino remarked of Chilwell’s lack of game time.
“That is why when we started to play with Mischa, our thought was to keep Levi in the position.”