Trevoh Chalobah has explained that Chelsea teammate Antonio Rudiger has been a big influence on his development as a player.
Chalobah, 22, has made a serious first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge this season after previously developing through the Blues academy.
The centre-back has spent the last few years out on loan to gain experience, but Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel saw enough in him in pre-season to draft him into the senior group.
He’s already made eight appearances across all competitions this campaign, scoring twice in the Premier League.
Chalobah has given an insight into the role £29million defensive teammate Rudiger has had on his progression. He’s explained the senior 28-year-old centre-half was even advising him earlier in his career during training sessions.
“When Toni first came, Conte was here and I used to train with the first team,” Chalobah said.
“My brother was here, he introduced me to Toni and told him to look after me. He always believed in me. There used to be times when I used to talk to him, and ask him what I could do to improve my game, or when I was going out on loan, what I needed to do.
“He’s always believed in me and told me if I kept working hard I would get my opportunity. I have to say thanks to him believing in me.”
Chalobah step up at Chelsea has been seamless
It’s remarkable to think Chalobah hadn’t made his senior debut for Chelsea before this season.
The young defender has looked so assured in everything he’s done under during the past couple of months, and the trust from Tuchel must have played a big role in that.
It’s seamless the way he can drop into the back-three in big games when needed. Micah Richards recently hailed him for his Premier League display in a 1-0 win away to London rivals Brentford.
Chelsea are going to be rotating in their defence throughout the course of the campaign, so he’s going to get plenty of minutes. He’s only going to keep developing working alongside some of the best defenders in the country.
So many leaders in dressing room
A lot of neutrals will look notice all the young talent with the Chelsea squad.
The likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Reece James are all rising stars with elite potential.
However, what makes this current group so strong is the amount of leaders within the dressing room.
Rudiger, Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta and Romelu Lukaku are the types of players that Chelsea youngsters can learn so much from.
Keep up to date with all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Twitter account here.