Chelsea boss Tuchel makes promise after Chalobah's 'fantastic' display vs Crystal Palace
Thomas Tuchel has promised that there will be more academy players to make their senior debuts at Chelsea under him after Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
It was a perfect start to the season for the Blues as they secured their first three points in a London derby win.
Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic helped the Blues secured a two-goal lead at half-time, but it was Trevoh Chalobah who stole the spotlight with a solid defensive display and a debut goal.
Tuchel described it as a “fantastic” performance from Chalobah as he highlighted how the young defender played full 120 minutes in the UEFA Super Cup just a few days ago.
The German has now confirmed that he plans to integrate more Chelsea academy players into his squad.
“We will never stop doing so,” the Chelsea boss told BBC Sport about his plans.
“Chalobah plays alongside Reece James and Mason Mount. This is how it has to be.
“This is what we love. This is what everyone loves about football – a mix of famous players from abroad and quality players from the academy.”
Given the number of academy graduates that have recently left the club, likely due to a lack of any prospect of first-team promotion, this will be good news for those in the academy or the development squad.
While at Chelsea, managers usually do not stay long enough to keep an eye on most academy talents, at least Tuchel seems to be willing to give opportunities to these young players to impress.
Chalobah has certainly made a very convincing case for his first-team squad inclusion. Also, as Tuchel previously said, the 22-year-old has “forced his way” into his thinking.