Ashley Cole is delighted with the progress Ben Chilwell is making at Chelsea.
The 23-year-old, who was forced off through injury during England’s Nations League clash against Belgium on Sunday evening, has made 10 appearances for the Blues in all competitions so far this season.
The left-back has won six and drawn three of those matches, having a hand in five goals.
Cole reckons Chilwell has brought everything that was expected of him so far, justifying his price tag.
When asked how Chilwell is doing at Chelsea, Cole replied on Sky Sports: “I think very well.
“Coming into a young team helped him. From minute one he was hungry prove that he was good enough. Whether the transfer tag, £50million is big.
“And that’s what he said to me: ‘I want to come here, hit the ground running, what do I have to do?’.
“And I said ‘listen just keep working hard, want to play for the club, want to win’.
“Straightaway he’s come in and done that. I think Chelsea look defensively better with him.
“They’ve got that better balance.
“I think he can handle a ball in every area – defensively, middle third he can deal with and of course attacking wise he’s got a different range of passing. He can shoot. He can combine.”
Chilwell said of his instructions from Lampard earlier this week: “The manager and the coaching staff are always telling me to get in at the back post and get up there and score more goals and get more assists.
“I can’t be happy just to put crosses in, but want to score and get more assists.
“I have tried to add that to my game this season.
“Defensively, playing alongside the likes of Thiago Silva, Zoum [Kurt Zouma], Reece [James], Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta], Edou [Mendy] behind, everyone that’s been there has been brilliant.”