Ben Chilwell was still a teenager and yet to make his Leicester debut in the Premier League when Liverpool and Arsenal both made bids for him. Yet it is perhaps only now, at the age of 21, that we are finally seeing what all the fuss was about.
Chilwell’s 2018 will be remembered as a vintage year on a personal level and the last four months have been a whirlwind: he has played every minute in the league under Claude Puel, signed a new six-year contract and made his senior debut for England at the King Power in September.
He was a key figure in the stirring victories over Spain and Croatia in the Uefa Nations League and it is a sign of his growing confidence that he is aiming to nail down that left-back spot for the next 10 years.
Chilwell’s star is unquestionably on the rise, and ahead of Leicester’s date with Tottenham on Saturday, he is finally taking a breather to reflect on a tumultuous few months.
“It has all happened so fast. I’ve not had time to really step back and assess what was going on. After the Spain game it was only when I met up with my mum and dad and they said to me “I don’t think you understand how big a win that was’ that I took some of it in,” he says.
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