One Chelsea star is being tipped for an exit after being berated by Thomas Tuchel minutes into the Carabao Cup penalty shootout win over Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
Ben Chilwell was making his first start of the season against Villa at Stamford Bridge, having played second fiddle to Marcos Alonso so far this term. However, Tuchel was out of his seat in the opening minutes of the match, according to football.london, and took exception after Chilwell had played the ‘wrong’ pass.
The former Leicester man was a key player for Tuchel during the second half of last season. He was an ever-present for the Blues in the Champions League from the quarter-final stages onwards and started the final as Chelsea beat Premier League rivals Manchester City to lift the trophy back in May.
Chilwell was also part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad that reached the final of Euro 2020. However, he failed to play a single minute during the whole tournament.
The 24-year-old was expected to be first-choice again when the new campaign got underway. However, Tuchel has preferred Spaniard Alonso, who is more of an attacking threat.
Alonso has started all five league games this season, with the Blues currently top of the table.
He also played in the Champions League win over Zenit St Petersburg last week.
In those six matches, Tuchel’s side have conceded just one goal. Alonso has also notched a goal and an assist in that time.
Chelsea could now decide to try and cash in on Chilwell, who cost them £45million in August 2020.