Trevoh Chalobah has revealed he hopes to become an established member of the first-team at Chelsea this season. The 23-year-old defender has made just one appearance for the Blues so far this term – coming in the 2-1 win over Leicester City last month. For whatever reason, former head coach Thomas Tuchel did not quite fancy Chalobah this season, who made his breakthrough in the last campaign.
It follows a summer of uncertainty over Chalobah’s future. football.london understands at one stage, the Cobham graduate was looking to leave Chelsea to play more regular first-team football. signature, including from German club RB Leipzig, but Chalobah decided to stay put and fight for a place at Stamford Bridge.
Three new defenders came in over the summer, all of whom play in similar positions to Chalobah. This does not concern Chalobah, though. “We want to have depth and the best players playing for the club,” Chalobah said in an interview with talkSPORT.
“That’s what we’ve done. “For us to be competing this season, we need the best players as it’s going to be a long season. It’s good to have these players to learn from, players with experience. So it’s good having that mixture in the team.”
In fact, Chalobah had nothing but praise for Koulibaly, who was signed from Napoli in July for over £30million. Now 31, Koulibaly has been playing at the top level for some time now, where he has established himself as one of European football’s most sought-after centre-backs.
“He [Koulibaly] is a player in my position who I have always watched,” the Chelsea defender added. “I used to watch his and Thiago’s [Silva’s] compilations of their defending on YouTube when I was younger. “He has been a massive player. My older brother, Nathaniel, played with him when he was on loan at Napoli. He knows him well, so it’s a great addition to the team.”
With Graham Potter now the new head coach at Chelsea, it’s another chance for Chalobah to prove himself. It’s something he’s become accustomed to since breaking into the first-team last season. Chalobah acknowledged that being patient is part of the fabric of being a Chelsea player and is prepared to do so once again. His end goal, however, was made perfectly clear.
“I feel that when the chance comes, it comes,” Chalobah said. “I will always be patient because playing for a club like this is not easy, there is always going to be competition. “That is the best thing for all the players and for me, training with the best players day in, day out. I try not to focus on the outside noise and focus what I’m doing and what I want to do this season. That is to get myself into the team and play a lot of games this season.”
Chalobah will be hoping to get an opportunity in the side when Chelsea welcome Red Bull Salzburg to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. As it stands, the Blues’ second Champions League game is set to go ahead, but the weekend’s Premier League clash with Liverpool is in doubt with Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral scheduled to take place on Monday.