Chelsea may not be the only club to miss out from Benoit Badiashile’s injury setback, according to reports. It’s been a season to forget for Chelsea with attention already turning to the pre-season when Mauricio Pochettino is expected to take charge.
Big changes will be needed off the pitch at Stamford Bridge while Pochettino will also need to trim down a bloated squad. Record sums have been spent in the first 12 months of Chelsea’s new ownership, but stability is now required moving forward.
Next season presents an opportunity for Chelsea to get back on track and Pochettino will want to have everybody available to him. But Pochettino has already been dealt a setback with Badiashile being ruled out for four months.
According to the Evening Standard, Badiashile will be unavailable for the start of next season after undergoing surgery on an injury he sustained in training last week. The Frenchman has impressed in parts since joining Chelsea from Monaco in the January transfer window.
But Badiashile’s injury may have a knock-on effect for the future of Levi Colwill as it’s reported Chelsea were unsure whether the two defenders ‘could coexist in the Chelsea squad’. Colwill has attracted plenty of interest following an impressive loan spell at Brighton with Liverpool said to be among his admirers.
However, it’s suggested Pochettino could look to keep hold of Colwill heading into next season now with Badiashile out injured. Liverpool are looking to improve their defensive options in the summer transfer window with a star for the future seen as a priority.
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At 20 years of age, Colwill ticks the right boxes for Liverpool but they may now have to look elsewhere. Brighton have also expressed an interest in keeping Colwill at the club with the defender admitting recently that he’s gained a lot from his experience on the south coast.
“I haven’t thought about it [his future] to be honest,” he said. “Every day we work hard here [at Brighton] and that is all I can focus on. If I start planning for the future things might not go well here and everything changes.
“This is my main priority right now, I am just sticking in and working hard with my teammates. I have loved every minute of it [his time at Brighton]. I have learned so much, even when I wasn’t playing and now I am getting minutes, coming back from injury – I can’t complain.”
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