How old is Ben Chilwell and what is his style of play?
The 23-year-old is a modern full-back in every sense of the phrase, combining athleticism and energy up and down the flank with excellent technique and ability to recover with pace in defensive transition.
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.