'Very impressed': Graham Potter says 23-year-old Chelsea player caught his eye on the first day he arrived at Stamford Bridge

Graham Potter has claimed in his pre-match press conference that Trevoh Chalobah has impressed him since his first day at the club.

The 23-year-old didn’t start the first couple of games that the new manager took over for.

However, an injury to Wesley Fofana against AC Milan has seen the Englishman handed a chance he has so far not let slip.

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He has started four consecutive games now for Chelsea, keeping a clean sheet in every single one.

While some of the acclaim certainly has to go to the brilliant Kepa Arrizabalaga, the introduction of Chalobah has certainly helped sure things up at the back.

His performances have even seen some calling for him to be rewarded with an England call-up.

Potter praises Chalobah

Potter has now claimed that he was impressed by the defender from the moment he arrived at the club, despite not playing him early.

He said: “Very impressed, from day one. He wasn’t in the start for the first couple of games but acted perfectly. Very focused on his football and helping the team. He’s a bit of a solider.

“We’ve had some problems in terms of availability, but he’s stood up and performing at a good level. Not surprising he gets that link [England], but that’s thankfully not my problem. That’s Gareth’s [Southgate] decision to make.”

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With England’s defensive issues on full show right now, there is no reason why Gareth Southgate shouldn’t be considering him for a call-up.

The Chelsea Chronicle’s predicted starting XI does have the Englishman in as part of a back three, featuring alongside Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly.

With Manchester United’s strength on the counter attack, he will need to be at the top of his game if the Blues are to hold off the strongest challengers for their top four place.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.