Graeme Souness has revealed Chelsea summer signing Ben Chilwell has been profiting from the wisdom and expertise of one of his illustrious predecessor Ashley Cole.
The England international has hit the ground running following his £50million move from Leicester, playing a key role in his new side’s recent defensive improvement and showcasing his attacking abilities on a regular basis.
Chilwell scored his first goal for Chelsea on his Premier League debut last month against Crystal Palace and was on the scoresheet again during Saturday’s match when Sheffield United were the visitors to Stamford Bridge.
Cole, arguably the greatest left-back in Premier League history, is working to earn his coaching badges and has played a small part in mentoring Chilwell, who, according to Souness, profited from his advice when he nudged the ball past Aaron Ramsdale following Hakim Ziyech’s pinpoint cross.
‘You were saying off air you taught him that, to be making that run all the time,’ Souness pointed out to Cole during their analysis of Chilwell’s goal on Sky Sports.
In response, Cole said: ‘Yes, but for me I would love to play with someone with that quality of Ziyech.
‘I had the pleasure of playing with Lampard who used to find me in behind. But as soon as he opens up on that cultured left foot I’m making runs in behind because he’s got a wand.’
Ziyech, meanwhile, also played a part in Chelsea’s equalising goal, spotting the run of Mateo Kovavic with a clever ball over the top.
Frank Lampard’s side had fallen behind early on, conceding their first goal in over seven hours when they were caught out by a short corner routine which culminated in David McGoldrick flicking the ball past Edouard Mendy from close range.