By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

30th Jun, 2022 | 6:22am

Southampton consider move to sign Chelsea prodigy Levi Colwill as 'youth revolution' continues at St Mary's - report

Southampton are considering a move for exciting Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill, who’s been labelled “the next John Terry”, according to The Sun.

The Saints’ transfer business so far has centred around talented young players and according to sports journalist Jack Rosser, Ralph Hussenhutl wants to “continue his youth revolution.”

Two 20-year-olds have already moved to St Mary’s this summer, with young goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu joining from Manchester City and centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap joining from VFL Bochum earlier this month.

However, 19-year-old Colwill would be a very important signing for Hassenhutl after the successful season the defender had at Huddersfield and the buzz that currently surrounds centre back amongst Chelsea fans.

Rosser said: “And now Hasenhuttl wants to make another raid on Chelsea’s youth ranks. and Colwill is in Southampton’s sights – with Premier League rivals Leicester City also tracking his progress.

“The England U21 international has previously expressed his desire to stay at Chelsea and impress Thomas Tuchel, who is short on defenders after the departures of Rudiger and Christensen.  

“While Tuchel may need defenders at the moment it is thought that Colwill will be allowed to leave should Chelsea wrap up a deal for Man City’s Nathan Ake.”

The next John Terry

Colwill is coming off the back of a hugely successful loan spell at Huddersfield Town where he made 32 appearances for the Terriers helping them reach the play-off final and earning himself comparisons to ex-Chelsea captain Terry.

The Chelsea youth product, who was born in Southampton, can play at centre-back as well as left-back and is composed with the ball at his feet as well as dealing with aerial threats.

Standing at six foot one, the England under-21 international, is the perfect mould for the modern-day centre-back, comforting his teammates with his physical and mental prowess.

He helped Huddersfield finish third in the Championship last season, keeping 18 clean sheets in the process, the second-best tally in the division.

He would be a smart and astute signing especially if played alongside the equally impressive Mohamed Salisu.

The two could go on to form an impressive partnership at the heart of the Southampton defence.