Why Ben Chilwell must be a top priority this January for both Manchester City and Tottenham.
The Leicester Full-back must be a serious transfer target this January
With the January transfer window upon us, there will be various important transfer dealings going on within clubs across England. The top six clubs in the Premier League will be looking for only the right deals should they present themselves, but one player who should have caught their attention would have to be Leicester City left fullback Ben Chilwell.
The two teams chasing the current league leaders Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs both have a weakness in this position , and should they be able to reinforce this area, they stand a much better chance of winning the Premier League come May.
Chilwell is now an established member of the Leicester City first team, dislodging Austrian international Christian Fuchs from this position. At the age of 22, he would be a massive investment for any team, and with his ability defensively and in an attacking sense, would be a long term signing for any club.
The England international is now the first choice under international manager Gareth Southgate, which in itself is an impressive achievement when considering the competition he has for the number 3 jersey, with the impressive Luke Shaw and when fit Danny Rose in the running for the position.
There has been previous interest for Chilwell in the last couple of years, notably Liverpool chased the young fullback throughout a summer, settling to sign Andy Robertson from Hull City the season after.
This January though, Manchester City need to get themselves an established left back, one who Pep Guardiola can rely on, especially when considering the injuries that Benjamin Mendy has suffered since his big money move from AS Monaco. We have seen Guardiola use central midfielder Fabian Delph in this position but the England international is not good enough to maintain a long term presence in this illustrious team.
In the recent win over league rivals Liverpool, Guardiola moved Aymeric Laporte to the left back position, granted City went on to win the game but the Frenchman would have brought more stability in the center of the Manchester City defense should he have started in that position.
Chilwell would be the perfect addition for Guardiola to improve this Manchester City team, his ability in the final third is one similar if not better than Mendy, and the Leicester number 3 would keep the pitch wide for the team, a style which is common to see when watching this Man City team.
In possession Chilwell is extremely efficient and is extremely good with taking the ball in difficult circumstances, he possesses good pace and defensively the left back can defend, a trait not seen too often in the modern game. There has been a link previously that Guardiola was chasing the signature of the England left back.
The fee needed to prize Chilwell away from the King Power stadium could be extortionate especially in a January transfer window, but one that Manchester City must consider as a major investment given the problems that they have had in this position.
Tottenham Hotspurs is another club who need to make an investment in this January window, and especially in the left back position. Danny Rose is extremely highly rated among the top clubs in England and across the whole of Europe, but getting a consistent run of games have been difficult for the potential England left back due to injury problems.
Ben Davies has usually been so reliable for Tottenham and Pochettino, however this season the Welsh international has looked massively below par in his performances, his ability going forward is not among the top fullbacks, he does not possess great pace, is often caught when a winger comes inside him, and he looks weak in one on one situations. Tottenham need to bolster this area, and with no investment during the recent summer, surely Daniel Levy would loosen the purse-strings for the right signing.
Chilwell on paper is the perfect addition for this Spurs side, he is the right age to progress into the team, he is an England international, with a lot of his National team-mates around him and the style of football manager Pochettino would play, would give the young fullback an opportunity to express his abilities and show how good he is. Defensively Chilwell would provide Tottenham with a real solid platform to build further from the back, Davies does not look overly comfortable receiving passes in deep positions from his goalkeeper or from his central defenders, under pressure Chilwell would slot straight into this side and make an instant improvement on what we see on a daily basis from this Tottenham side.
Tottenham themselves have been linked with making a move for the left back with no soild bid or interest shown just yet.
The transfer fee as mentioned would be a massive stumbling block for Tottenham should they make a move for the Leicester man. One though that would be a massive investment long term and one that could really see the manager Pochettino look beyond the link he has to current position as the next permanent manager of Manchester United.