Ex-Chelsea star Glen Johnson has urged his side to pursue Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, adding that he would be an improvement for the club.
The 23-year-old is heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard continues to make additions to his side.
Chilwell’s impressive run of form have seen Brendan Rodgers’ side rise to third on the Premier League table only behind Liverpool and Manchester City, and has gone unnoticed with Chelsea looking at the £80 million tag defender.
And that move has been backed by Johnson who played for the Blues during his long career. Johnson told talkSPORT: “I’ve said many times I am a fan of Chilwell.
“I like the way he carries himself. You don’t really hear him unless it’s football related which I like, and I think he’s the sort of player Lamps [Frank Lampard] would connect with.
“He’s the sort of out-and-out left-back they haven’t had for a while.
“I know Ashley Cole was irreplaceable, but in terms of a natural, solid left-back, they haven’t had one for a while and I think he’ll do very well.”
Marcos Alonso has not fairly bad with his position as Chelsea’s first choice left-back but Johnson believes the Leicester defender is more suited to the role.
“Alonso is a fantastic player. But I don’t think he’s a solid natural left-back,” he added. “There’s no doubt he is a wonderful footballer but Chilwell is a natural full-back.
“It’s a hefty price tag, there’s no doubting that, but if [Chelsea] can get a deal for him that is reasonable then he’s a player they should try to get.”
Chelsea are back in Premier League action for the first time on June 21 against Aston Villa at the Villa Park.