Teenager Levi Colwill is just one of latest highly promising players to emerge from the Chelsea Academy, and the 18-year-old center back is certainly off to a great start in his senior professional career, on loan at Huddersfield Town.
He’s played every single minute of all five of their matches in the league thus far (three wins, one defeat), adding a start in the League Cup as well. The only game he’s missed was their second round defeat in that competition to Everton.
That’s certainly a lot of trust placed in such a young player, and one only on loan at the club at that, but Colwill has been repaying manager Carlos Corberán’s faith, thanks in part to the confidence he gained while working with Thomas Tuchel and the Chelsea first-team. Sometimes it’s those little things that can make a big difference.
“It (training under Tuchel) definitely gave me confidence. It showed that Chelsea trust me, and being with the first team helped me ahead of coming to Huddersfield [where] the intensity on the pitch is so different to academy football. It took me a few weeks to get used to it and I am still learning.
“The manager Carlos Corberan made a brave choice because, as an 18-year-old coming to the Championship at centre-half from Chelsea, it may have led to everyone asking questions, saying: ’Is he just getting the chance because he came from a big club?’ I needed to prove myself, but for him to trust me and bring me in, all I can say is thank you for trusting me. To have played so many games so far at the start of the season, I just thank him again.”
-Levi Colwill; source: Goal
Colwill signed a new long-term contract with Chelsea before heading out on loan, and he’s certainly one to watch for in the future as we begin the revamp of our defensive corps.
In the meantime, hopefully he can keep building on this good start, in what was expected to be a somewhat tough season for the Terriers (though they’re off to a good start).