Mauricio Pochettino mentioned Levi Colwill “could be one of many biggest centre-backs in England” after the younger defender impressed in Chelsea’s 4-3 Premier League Summer time Collection win over Brighton.
Christopher Nkunku, Mykhailo Mudryk, Conor Gallagher and Nicolas Jackson have been on the right track within the encouraging win for Pochettino’s aspect in Philadelphia.
Colwill was not utilized in Chelsea’s earlier sport on their US tour, the 5-0 win over Wrexham, however took his alternative towards the membership he spent final season on mortgage with.
“We need not make an announcement about nothing,” mentioned Pochettino sternly, when requested whether or not choosing the U21 Euros winner demonstrated to Brighton he would not be accessible on mortgage once more this time period.
“He is our participant and he will proceed with us.
“I’m pleased with him, his efficiency was good right now, higher than what I anticipated as a result of it is solely the primary sport with us after the season in Brighton.
“However I feel he could be one of many biggest centre-backs in England.”
Brighton took the lead within the sport, with Danny Welbeck changing from shut vary after Kaoru Mitoma met a nook and Kepa Arrizabalaga needed to be sharp to forestall the previous England worldwide including one other quickly after.
Nkunku pulled Chelsea degree when he pounced on a deflection from Ian Maatsen’s shot to seize his second objective of the tour however Kepa had extra work to do on the finish of the half as Brighton responded with probabilities for Solly March, Welbeck and Mitoma.
Regardless of the character of the sport, Brighton’s Jan Paul van Hecke was despatched off an hour in, choosing up a second yellow card for a nasty sort out on Cesare Casadei. Chelsea capitalised, with Mudryk changing a slick transfer with Nicolas Jackson earlier than the brand new signing teed up Gallagher for Chelsea’s third.
Jackson then grabbed a objective of his personal, benefiting from Marc Cucurella’s blocked move.
Brighton new boy Joao Pedro transformed a late penalty and Denis Undav arrange a tense finale however Chelsea made it a successful begin to the Premier League Summer time Collection.
Premier League Summer time Collection fixtures nonetheless to play
Sunday July 23
Fulham vs Brentford, kick-off 9pm BST (Lincoln Monetary Area; Philadelphia, PA)
Monday July 24
Newcastle United vs Aston Villa, kick-off 12am BST (Lincoln Monetary Area; Philadelphia, PA)
Wednesday July 26
Brentford vs Brighton, kick-off 10.30pm BST (Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, GA)
Thursday July 27
Fulham vs Aston Villa, kick-off 12am BST (Exploria Stadium; Orlando, FL)
Newcastle United vs Chelsea, kick-off 1.15am BST (Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, GA)
Saturday July 29
Brighton vs Newcastle United, kick-off 12.30am BST (Pink Bull Area; Harrison, New Jersey)
Sunday July 30
Aston Villa vs Brentford, kick-off 5pm BST (FedExField; Landover, Maryland)
Chelsea vs Fulham, kick-off 7.45pm BST (FedExField; Landover, Maryland)
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