As the role of the full-back has evolved in recent years, Chilwell has emerged as a player who can contribute in every area of the field. His left-footedness provides balance to the team and his eagerness to attack is facilitated by being assured in possession and reliable with deliveries into the box or penetrative passes forward.
Chilwell’s improvement in attacking output is evident with increased numbers for goal contributions in the past three Premier League campaigns, from two in 2017/18 to six in 2019/20.
Defensively, Chilwell is patient in the tackle, often utilising his tactical understanding and body positioning to keep tabs on tricky wingers and to limit their effectiveness. He is good one-against-one and has a useful burst of pace to recover when caught higher up the pitch as opponents spring forward on the counter-attack. At 5ft 10in, he is not the tallest but competes well in the air.
What is Ben Chilwell’s international record?
Chilwell represented England at every age group from the Under-18s up before making his senior debut for Gareth Southgate’s side in a friendly held in Leicester against Switzerland in September 2018.
He made his first start a month later in a Nations League goalless draw in Croatia and has 11 caps in total for the Three Lions to date.
What is Ben Chilwell’s appearances, assists and goals record?
Since then, Chilwell has played a total of 99 times in the Premier League, claiming nine assists and four goals. He featured in the Champions League for the first time in 2016/17 as Leicester topped their group before going out in the quarter-finals to Atletico Madrid. His first senior goal came against Tottenham in the penultimate game of the campaign.
The defender’s breakthrough season came the following year as he made 32 appearances, although he was sent off on a visit to Stamford Bridge in January 2018 in a 0-0 draw after picking up two quick bookings.
Nevertheless, Chilwell’s standing grew further as he established himself as Leicester’s first-choice left-back before making his international debut at the start of the 2018/19 season.
He featured in all but two of Leicester’s Premier League fixtures that season and has once again been a regular during the interrupted 2019/20 term, scoring the first in the Foxes’ record-breaking 9-0 win at Southampton in October and firing in a brilliant late equaliser in their first game of the restart against Watford. Chilwell also netted against Chelsea back at the start of February in a 2-2 draw between the sides.
Ben Chilwell in numbers
Leicester City – 123 appearances (112 starts and 11 as a substitute), four goals
Huddersfield Town (loan) – eight appearances (seven starts and one as a substitute)