“He cost £0, now worth more than Reece James” – Chelsea have hit the jackpot on their “Rolls-Royce”gold player
Chelsea has experienced a challenging season despite substantial investments in the squad over the last two years. The club, currently in mid-table, faces a tough task securing a top-four berth. Despite recent struggles, the team, under Thomas Tuchel in 2021, clinched the Champions League title. However, Tuchel was prematurely sacked by owner Todd Boehly, who has since spent over £1 billion in pursuit of success.
Amidst inconsistent performances from the playing staff, Chelsea’s renowned academy continues to flourish. Reece James, a product of the academy, currently serves as the club captain. Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team features other academy graduates like Trevoh Chalobah and Levi Colwill, showcasing the ongoing success of Chelsea’s youth development.
BREAKING: Chelsea have rejected a £30m bid from Brighton to sign Levi Colwill permanently ❌pic.twitter.com/XUSyzBCaQo
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) June 1, 2023
Levi Colwill, having returned from a loan at Brighton and Hove Albion, impressed during the 2022/23 season, attracting interest from several clubs in the summer. Chelsea opted to retain him, and according to CIES Football Observatory, Colwill is now the joint-fourth highest-valued player at the club, surpassing the market value of teammate Reece James.
Colwill’s market value is around €60 million (£51 million), while James is valued at €40 million (£34 million). This surprising valuation discrepancy is likely influenced by James’ recent injury struggles. Despite having not cost Chelsea anything amid his rise from the youth ranks, Colwill’s value highlights the success of his development over the last few seasons.
In the 2023/24 season, Colwill has been a consistent presence in Chelsea’s lineup, making 27 appearances across all competitions and contributing to two goals. Although primarily a center-back, he has showcased versatility by also playing at left-back on ten occasions.
Teams like Liverpool were reportedly interested in Colwill during the January transfer window. Hailed as a “Rolls-Royce” by talent scout Jacek Kulig for his elegant quality, Colwill’s performances, particularly in the Premier League, reflect his defensive prowess, averaging 2.2 tackles and 4.5 ball recoveries per game. Despite Chelsea’s struggles, the emergence and development of talents like Levi Colwill provide optimism for the club’s future.