Levi Colwill, a young defender for Chelsea, has been recognized for his outstanding growth over the last year by being included on the 25-person Golden Boy award shortlist.
While it is obvious who will win this year’s Golden Boy award for best under-21 player in Europe, Levi Colwill has done very well to get his nomination.
After all, his first season playing in a high European tier was only last season, while he was at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The aforementioned evidence demonstrates why Mauricio Pochettino was wise to stick onto the 20-year-old and offer him a legitimate shot in the first team, which he has taken. The center-back is currently enjoying his second Premier League season, this time at Chelsea.
This season, Colwill has started each of the Blues’ eight games in the top division, and he has done so at left-back, which is not even his natural position.
Early in his Chelsea career, he has already demonstrated adaptability, something his management may continue to take advantage of given the current injury situation at Stamford Bridge.
But what really stands out about Colwill is how he passed. The England international embodies what a modern center-half should be.
Colwill told The Athletic last year, “I got a lot of praise from Paulo [Ferreira] for how composed I am, my passing, and how I can come in and break the press.
Pochettino described Colwill as a “fantastic talent” when Colwill returned to Chelsea. Since the defender keeps demonstrating why his boss was right to believe in him, it has not been difficult to see why.
Despite the fact that Colwill just made his Premier League debut last season, it is still a feat for the Chelsea academy product to be in the running for the Golden Boy award this year.