Trevoh Chalobah has been tipped for a great future with Chelsea after his impressive Premier League debut in the Blues’ 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.
Chalobah, 22, has had the week of his life featuring in the UEFA Super Cup victory over Villarreal and scoring on his Premier League debut against Patrick Vieira’s side.
It was expected that the midfielder-turned-centre-back was certain to leave the club on another loan deal before the transfer window closes on August 31, but his array of performances in pre-season have put a temporary stop to that plan.
A dream week for the former Huddersfield loanee was capped off with a stunning goal to make it 3-0 to the Champions of Europe in the 58th minute of the London derby.
“I couldn’t believe when the ball went in,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I didn’t know it went in until the crowd cheered. It was a surreal moment.”
Thomas Tuchel himself has been highly impressed with the youngsters’ patience, hunger and attitude during the pre-season to force his way into his thinking for the opening games of the Blues’ season.
“It was very enjoyable and well deserved,” Tuchel said in his post-match press conference.
“Trevoh was so strong in pre-season, so solid when he played 90 minutes against Arsenal and almost 90 minutes against Tottenham, he showed potential.
“He is a very humble and calm guy but he was there since day one and took his chance to show his quality.
“This is not a gift that we let him play, it was well deserved and he had a big performance against Villarreal for 120 minutes and he is robust enough to play another 90 in the Premier League, first game at home.
“This is super nice. It is what I truly believe in, that we can have the best players from abroad and famous players but also it is about Chelsea having young guys from the academy who can make it and in the end he played alongside Reece James and Mason Mount.
“This is very important to have this, to have these young guys and this mix. OK, he even scored, it was a perfect afternoon for him and you could see everybody was very, very happy.”
Additionally, Arsenal legend Ian Wright was impressed with what he witnessed of the 23-year-old’s display on the Stamford Bridge pitch in front of a near-maximum capacity crowd.
“He’s been there since he was eight and you could see there that he was emotional talking about his goal,” Wright said on Match of the Day.
“He’s been there for a long time and had around 108 games on loan, and now he’s got his chance which he has taken very well.
“I watched him in the pre-season game against Arsenal and thought he was very assured and very good.
“And today, once he got the ball in the defensive area, he wants to pass forward, he wants to get forward and pass with confidence.
“I know Palace will have better days, and he didn’t have too much to do, but when he got into positions further up the field he was calm.”
The 57-year-old admitted he was slightly shocked to see Chalobah being given the vote of confidence from Tuchel, but praised his hard work and determination to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.
“I am a little bit [shocked], yes,” Wright said.
“Because like I’ve said, it seems that he has got every Item in the bag and he will get into situations where he will run it and progress the ball up the field which is unusual for defenders.
“He’s been there for a while and has had to wait patiently for his chance and as the manager said, he’s had to work hard and he also dealt with Benteke and Zaha very well.
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“And [his goal] was the capping moment for him.
“The fans are telling him to shoot and he’s hit the shot sweetly, and what I love about this is the way he’s realised that all his hard work has payed off.
“He has to keep going, but I’m delighted for him.”