Chelsea youngster Trevoh Chalobah is someone that must be causing his manager Thomas Tuchel a real headache. 

For Chelsea boss Tuchel, half of his battle each game is selecting the players to leave out of the XI. The Blues manager has a squad stacked with quality players in all areas, so it can’t be easy keeping big names happy when he’s benching them on a regular basis.

Chelsea went into this campaign with four recognisable senior centre-halves. Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are the experienced faces vying to start in the back-three. 

Chalobah was kept as a back-up option after impressing Tuchel in pre-season, but surely nobody could have predicted the kind of impact he’s had. 

The 22-year-old is now in a position where he’s well within his own right to feel he should be included in the Blues starting line-up more often than not.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for Tuchel to leave him out. The German coach is now trying to balance playing five in-form defenders in just three centre-back positions. 

Chelsea v Southampton - Carabao Cup Round of 16
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Trevoh Chalobah growing into key player for Chelsea

Chalobah has already made 10 first-team appearances this season, making a seamless step into the main squad. The Blues academy graduate belongs in this current group, and his loan spells have worked a treat.

 

His performance earlier this week highlighted just how important the centre-back currently is.

The Englishman ended up with the most clearances (11), most passes (56) and most aerial duels won (8) for Chelsea during their Carabao Cup victory against Southampton. Who Scored recorded the data from Tuesday night’s match, which the Blues eventually won 4-3 on penalties to reach the quarter finals of the competition. 

Rio Ferdinand described Chalobah as “unbelievable” back in August and he’s only kicked on since. 

If there was a cup final tomorrow, you’d suspect Chalobah may miss out on the XI to his more experienced teammates. However, don’t underestimate what an important role he’s played at the start of the season.

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