Leicester are playing out the final stages of their game against Burnley right now, losing 2-1 to the Clarets in a somewhat surprising result.
If it stays that way it’s a great result for Chelsea, who seem unable to lose much ground on their Champions League rivals no matter how badly they play. It certainly wasn’t a result that was widely expected.
Another surprise came a couple of hours ago, before kickoff, when the teams were announced. Leicester left back Ben Chilwell, who has been linked with Chelsea repeatedly in the last year or so, was on the bench.
He’s been poor recently, and we can only assume this just him being rested to try and recover the early season form that made him such an admired asset.
But that didn’t stop plenty of Chelsea fan on social media speculating that he was being left out because the Blues are about to buy him, although there were also Leicester fans on hand to insist it was just a rest:
Love it but no way is he coming in January
— FawcettFootball (@FootballFawcett) January 19, 2020
Didn’t have a full week training so was rested apparently.
— Kyal Mason (@KyalMason1) January 19, 2020
Someone has, there’s no way he’s completely out the team for “rest”, this sounds like a deal has been almost done.
— Michael Bennett (@B123Micky) January 19, 2020
Chilwell dropped for Fuchs…Genuinely wouldn’t surprise me if we now put a bid in for him.
— CFCDaily (@CFCDaily) January 19, 2020
Chilwell has been dropped pic.twitter.com/WvcDbpZzA8
— jack st clair (@jstcla_) January 19, 2020
Chilwell dead? pic.twitter.com/IjumDvcaJz
— VCM (@irrelevant_user) January 19, 2020
Chilwell dropped #LCFC pic.twitter.com/Cnl1FQklXc
— _Luke_ (@Lukeholmes441) January 19, 2020
Ben Chilwell have been sidelined from Leciester squad today…
Neither his he injured or have personal issues
Stay tuned #CFC
— Christian Pulisic 🇺🇲 (@_CPulisicSZN) January 19, 2020
Chilwell dropped 💉 Brendan Rodgers this is for you 🐐…