The 22-year-old has had to bide his time at Stamford Bridge but his spells out on loan in the Championship are starting to pay dividends with Thomas Tuchel handing him his chance
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Tuchel pleased for Chalobah after first Chelsea goal
Chelsea’s roll call of players out on loan in recent seasons has often been more akin to a scroll rather than a list.
There’s the infamous example from a few years ago when they once had 40 players away from the club, pocketed away in all corners of the world on temporary loan deals.
But Trevoh Chalobah has now continued a recent trend of actually breaking into the first team upon his return to Stamford Bridge.
The 22-year-old has been farmed out three times by Chelsea in the past and up until a week or so ago, the plan was for him to once again be loaned out for the current campaign.
But he has impressed manager Thomas Tuchel sufficiently in pre-season and has even re-invented himself as an auxiliary centre-half after playing most of his career so far in midfield.
Trevoh Chalobah scored for Chelsea on his Premier League debut
Chalobah played the full 120 minutes in Chelsea’s Super Cup win over Villarreal last week and perhaps the biggest vote of confidence he has received yet came when Tuchel kept him in the side for their opening Premier League game against Crystal Palace.
Safe to say the decision paid off, as Chalobah netted his first-ever Chelsea goal. His emotional celebration saw his teammates congratulate him as he fought off tears.
That shows how much it matters for Chalobah to have made his breakthrough. Key to that has not only been a fine season in Ligue 1 last term with Lorient, but also the two campaigns prior which were spent at Ipswich and Huddersfield respectively.
He learned his trade at both clubs and more than held his own in the hustle and bustle of the Championship.
He will also have got plenty from both spells, which saw his respective temporary sides battle against the drop. Whilst Ipswich were ultimately relegated into League One, Town just about stayed up.
Trevoh Chalobah in action for Huddersfield Town
And to continue the pattern, last season Lorient also scraped survival. But all those experiences and skirmishes with the drop will have no doubt benefited Chalobah, whose older brother Nathaniel is at Watford.
At Huddersfield, Chalobah showed his positional flexibility and he earned plenty of praise from ex-Town boss Danny Cowley.
Cowley, in January 2020, said of Chalobah: “Trevoh is a young player who is learning the game – developing and improving all the time.
“He is learning all the time, he is a great kid and he wants to get better.
“A fantastic professional. For a young player he has a really mature head on his shoulders – he does everything right in terms of the way he lives and trains.
Trevoh Chalobah in action for Lorient
“He has real athleticism, he can make driving runs with the ball and those corner runs that we like that can get him in down the right hand side and free up space for other players by making unselfish runs.
“Let me tell you he will definitely, definitely, definitely be a top, top player.”
Having grown up with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori in the academy and having seen their respective career progressions, Chalobah has the perfect examples to follow.
And, judging by his post-Palace comments, he also possesses the right approach.
He said: “When I first started pre-season this summer, the aim was to impress the manager, being first in training, giving him what he wants and giving my all.
“In football, it’s important to have consistency to stay grounded and hungry and want more.”
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