Garth Crooks praised Trevoh Chalobah’s intuitive strike for Chelsea against Southampton on the weekend whilst compiling his BBC Team of the Week.

Chalobah scored his second of the season on Saturday at the expense of the Saints.

He headed the Blues in front after nine minutes, having peeled off to the back post and finding himself unmarked.

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It wasn’t an easy finish to pull off, considering the pace of the cross and the ever-shrinking angle of which to execute it.


The 22-year-old has already demonstrated his ability to find the net from range; close proximity efforts don’t seem to be a problem either.  

And Crooks was impressed to see the Chelsea defender showing a real eye for goal, as he says his movement is rare to see in a player in his position.

Crooks compliments Chalobah

“I’m always fascinated by defenders who have a genuine appetite for goals,” said Crooks on Chalobah’s exploits.  

“Trevoh Chalobah scored a cracker against Crystal Palace earlier in the season but his goal against Southampton was particularly interesting.

“His movement away from the ball on the set-piece was instinctive.

“He knew exactly where the ball was going to fall.

“Most defenders know how to attack the ball especially in the air but few know how to read where it is likely drop in order to apply a timely finish. Chalobah does.”

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Chelsea on target

Perhaps Chalobah could teach a few of his teammates the natural ways of beating a goalkeeper.

As it stands, he is Chelsea’s joint-second top marksman this year with Timo Werner, who scored and had one chalked off versus Ralph Husehuttl’s side.

Romelu Lukaku is out in front on four but hasn’t added to his tally since the Champions League win over Zenit St Petersburg.

Ten other players have bagged for the Blues, a theme of sharing that’s continued from the previous campaign.

Ben Chilwell was the latest to join the list after he smashed the third past Southampton ‘keeper Alex McCarthy.

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This was a poignant moment for the left-back, who was starting his first league game of the term.

He had given away the penalty that allowed Saints a route back into the match, so it was only right he ensured Chelsea wrapped up the victory.

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