Levi Colwill was defeated in the Huddersfield Town play-offs in May, but he could still be playing Premier League football next season.
Last season, the Chelsea loanee made quite an impression at the John Smith’s Stadium, helping Carlos Corberan’s side come within a whisker of promotion from the Championship.
Leicester, Everton, and Southampton have all expressed interest in his performances.
With less than a month till the start of the season, we take a look at Colwill’s future.
Making a Good Impression
Colwill had never played senior football before joining Huddersfield on loan last summer, but he quickly adjusted to life in England’s second division.
In 2021-22, the 19-year-old made 29 regular-season appearances as the Terriers finished third with 19 clean sheets, trailing only Sheffield United (20) and Bournemouth (21).
He was praised for his accurate delivery and ability to retake possession in the defensive third, winning 36 tackles and making 44 interceptions during the season.
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Chelsea is experiencing a defensive exodus this offseason, so Colwill may be optimistic about his chances of making an impact in West London.
Antonio Rudiger has joined Real Madrid, Andreas Christensen is close to joining Barcelona, and Cesar Azpilicueta may also join him at the Camp Nou.
However, the Blues could yet make a move before the transfer season closes, with Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt, Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, and former Blue Nathan Ake all linked with transfers to Stamford Bridge.
Colwill’s chances will be reduced if one or more of those high-profile defenders arrives.
We are open to offers.
Colwill is eager to make his imprint at Chelsea, but isn’t scared to look elsewhere for first-team opportunities.
In an interview in May, he stated: “Because Chelsea is my club, playing for them will always be my primary goal.
“However, if that doesn’t happen, I’ll have to find other ways to advance and become the player I want to be.”
That pragmatic mindset will appeal to potential suitors of the England Under-21s international.
While managing Chelsea, Everton manager Frank Lampard put his faith in youngsters, thus Goodison Park may be an exciting next stop for Colwill.
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan believes the Toffees will make a bid for the 6ft 2in centre-back.
He stated: “When he was at Chelsea, he did an excellent job with young players.
“That transfer embargo shown that young players can be trusted to perform the job.
“He [Colwill] has gained crucial experience this season with Huddersfield.”
The former Premier League player went on to say: “Everton scouts have definitely been keeping a close eye on him. He could have been on Lampard’s radar following his time at Chelsea.
“Everton have suffered at the back this season, and few teams have emerged smelling like roses.
“Michael Keane has fallen short. Yerry Mina’s consistency is lacking.
“That’s why they’re looking for someone like Colwill to come in and freshen up the defense.”
Everton’s Levi Colwill could be an upgrade over Michael Keane at the back.
Everton’s sale to Southampton could be an upgrade on Michael Keane at the back for Everton’s sale to Southampton.
Though Leicester are said to be interested in Colwill, a transfer to Southampton may make more sense.
Because the teenager is from the South Coast, a move to St Mary’s could be tempting.
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has a track record of bringing in and developing academy graduates from larger clubs, with Tino Livramento and Kyle Walker-Peters flourishing under his tutelage.
Meanwhile, fellow prospect Thierry Small and new recruit from Manchester City Gavin Bazunu will be aiming for a breakthrough this season, indicating that an exciting project is taking shape in Hampshire.
Signing Colwill may propel both the player and the organization to new heights.