Thomas Tuchel’s patience with the Frank Lampard move may be wearing thin.
Over Ben Chilwell, Thomas Tuchel must make a difficult decision.
On Tuesday night, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel awarded Ben Chilwell his first start of the season as the Blues beat Aston Villa on penalties to advance to the Carabao Cup fourth round. Tuchel has turned Chelsea into a title contender, but he must tread carefully in order to keep everyone satisfied.
Since taking over at Stamford Bridge in January, Tuchel has been nothing short of a revelation.
The German manager completed the previous campaign with a Champions League final victory over Manchester City, thanks to a second-half winner from Kai Havertz.
And the Blues couldn’t have started much better this season, with four victories and a draw in their first five league games, putting them atop the Premier League table.
Tuchel does, however, have to deal with England left-back Ben Chilwell’s worsening form.
The 24-year-old was part of Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England team for Euro 2020, but his career has taken a drastic downturn since he didn’t get any playing time there.
Chilwell did not play a single minute for England in the Euros, with Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier preferred choices for the England manager.
Tuchel has accepted that he shares some of the blame for Chilwell’s omission, but the defender must bounce back if he is to rescue his Stamford Bridge career and prove that he is worth his £45 million price tag.
Under Tuchel, Marcos Alonso has emerged out of the woodwork to replace Chilwell in the starting lineup, as he appears to be a better offensive danger.
Alonso had been a standout performer under Antonio Conte, but it appeared like his finest days at Chelsea were behind him until Tuchel moved in and gave him another chance to shine.
So far this season, the Spaniard has started all five league games, as well as the Champions League opening against Zenit St Petersburg.
Chilwell’s whole season, on the other hand, had consisted of a seven-minute cameo against the Russian champions before Wednesday.
Chilwell made his first start of the season against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, but “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”