Lampard told £80 million player isn’t the finished article

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen on signing Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, with the left-back valued at around £80 million by Leicester City.

According to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, Chilwell is up there with the best going forward but his footwork and body positioning in 1v1 situations could do with some work.

“It’s a staggering goal, phenomenal strike, but I thought for the majority of the game when he got stood up 1v1 against [Ismaila] Sarr, he was probably on the receiving end a little bit,” the ex-Manchester United defender told BT Sport.

“Maybe his footwork needs to improve, his body position when going 1v1, but his intensity and physicality running forward and his quality when he gets in the oppositions half is up there with the best around at the moment.

“Listen, he’s a young lad, he’s got areas of his game to improve, obviously.

“I think we have to be mindful as well, any of us who moved at a young age, as I moved away from West Ham to Leeds and Leeds to Manchester United, I was not the finished article, so we can’t expect Ben Chilwell at his age to be the finished article.

“He’s just come on the scene in the Premier League, a couple of years playing, he’s got room for improvement.

“If someone does buy him, like Brendan [Rodgers] is doing now, I’m sure knowing him as a coach he will be working on these details.

“Young defenders, they mature a little bit later and I think he’ll be the same but he’s a fantastic prospect.

“If a big club, no disrespect to Leicester, but a bigger club’s going to come in and take one of your best players, I’m sure they’ll be sitting there thinking: ‘You know what we need to improve him in certain areas, but what we’re working with from the beginning, we love’.”

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