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Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has revealed how he started out as a midfielder during his early football career, before he finally became a fullback.
The 24-year-old joined Leicester City as a 16-year-old before being forced into a left-back due to lack of options.
“I went on trial to Leicester as a midfielder but then my first match was against Chelsea at Cobham and our left-back was injured,” Chilwell said.
“As the only left-footed player in the team, I got moved to play back there and for the rest of my six-week trial I just stayed there.
“For the next few years, up until the age of about 16, I was always asking the coaches to give me another chance in midfield because it was the position I’d always played and I really enjoyed it. If we were 3-0 or 4-0 up, I might get 10 minutes there at the end but once I got my scholarship I really started to enjoy playing at left-back and found that position as my own.
“It isn’t all about defending and being a midfielder previously I had enjoyed going forward trying to score goals. I realised that being a full-back in the modern game is a lot about attacking as well and that’s when I really started to enjoy it.”