July 24, 2022
Canoville says Chelsea replaced Christensen at 19

Former Blues winger Paul Canoville believes Chelsea have already had a ‘better’ potential defender to replace Barcelona-linked Andreas Christensen.

Obviously, as things stand, there’s no official confirmation yet on Christensen’s possible move to Barcelona this summer.

However, a recent report from The Telegraph claimed it’s widely believed the 25-year-old, whose contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season, will join Barcelona on a free transfer.

Rather than sign a possible replacement in the transfer market, Canoville is confident that Chelsea have already had a suitable candidate in one of their most promising players, Colwill.

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“Andreas has been superb for our club Chelsea since coming out of the academy and learning [his] business on loan”, Canoville wrote on Twitter.

“[A] European and World Champion. I wish him good luck with Barcelona.

“Levi Colwill will be by far the best player!”

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The 19-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season at loan club Huddersfield Town, who currently sit fourth in the Championship table.

Swiss research group CIES Football Observatory even recently named Colwill the second highest-rated U-20 defender outside Europe’s top five leagues.

While Anton Ferdinand described the young Chelsea talent as a ‘Rolls-Royce’ defender, similar to his brother Rio.

There are other defenders such as Sevilla’s Jules Kounde who have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but offering Colwill a place in Thomas Tuchel’s squad next season doesn’t seem like a bad idea considering its potential.

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