Chalobah started his career at Chelsea when he was in his pre-teens and has played and captained the Chelsea reserves. During the 2010-2011 season, he featured in the Chelsea reserves while still a school boy and helped the side win the National Championship.
During the 2011-2012 season, Chalobah played for both Chelsea’s youth and reserve team. He regularly captained both sides and led the youth team to become 2012 FA Youth Cup Champions. On 31 August, Chalobah signed for Watford on loan until January 2013. This is where he could finally show off his talent. Since that date, Chalobah has been a regular first team player for the Hornets, making over 28 appearances and scoring 4 goals. Watford, amazed by the player’s ability, have now extended his loan until the end of the season, great news for both the squad, and, of course, Nathaniel Chalobah.
Style of Play
Chalobah primarily operates as a midfielder, but can also play as a central defender due to his height and athletic shape. He has been a vital part in Watford’s success this season because of his ability to adapt quickly. This season, the Hornets have started playing a 3-5-2 counter attacking philosophy due to the addition of manager Gianfranco Zola. Chalobah often leads the defense in the front, which is where the midfielder has certainly shined.
With a tremendous work rate and exquisite ball control, the midfielder has become a star player in the Championship. Chalobah is virtually untouchable with his accurate and quick releases of the ball as well as strength. He also owns a trait of being able to dictate the play, which is rare to find in the modern-day midfielder.
This is what Gianfranco Zola had to say on Nathaniel Chalobah:
“Nathaniel could be the player that replaces Frank Lampard, so therefore I try to give him everything I can to become a better player.”
“Frank is more like an offensive midfielder; he gets on the ball and scores important goals.”
“Nathaniel can be very offensive obviously, but has the structure more of a holding midfielder who organizes the play from the back.”
Chalobah has also enjoyed much success this season, among those being voted “England’s Youth Player of the Year 2013.” Rumors have also been passed around that Arsenal and other big Premier League clubs are interested in signing him on a permanent deal, but Chelsea are set to fight tooth and nail to keep hold of one of their hottest prospects.
But in the end, whatever happens in the future certainly looks bright for Nathaniel Chalobah.
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