'I hope': 22-year-old Chelsea player says he wants to reach the levels of his teammate Thiago Silva
Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah has claimed he would love to reach the levels of teammate Thiago Silva.
Chalobah, 22, has been the latest success story from the Blues academy to break into the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.
The English centre-back’s made 21 appearances and counting during his debut senior campaign, with manager Thomas Tuchel showing a lot of faith in him.
He’s got the benefit of working alongside some top-class defenders, too.
Chalobah is part of the defensive options this season that also includes Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen.
He’s raved about the quality of veteran 37-year-old teammate Silva, who many regard as one of the world’s top centre-halves over the past decade.
“When I came to Chelsea I was a striker at eight or nine years old. But then I got moved to centre-back and I always used to look at Thiago Silva as one of the top centre-backs to watch on YouTube,” Chalonah told Goal.
“I wanted to implement elements of him into my game. Now to share a pitch with him is unreal. I’ve told him that I used to watch videos of him all the time and he says to keep going. I hope to get to this level.”
Chalobah another special Chelsea find
Understandably, Mason Mount and Reece James are the two Chelsea academy graduates that receive the most limelight, largely down to the fact they play for England.
It’s not inconceivable to think Chalobah could join them in the near future, though.
He’s barely put a foot wrong when thrown into the Chelsea backline, and he looks mature beyond his years.
The youngster is clearly tapping into all the experience and knowledge of Silva, which must be a dream for talents still learning their game.
Also, he gets to play with one of the world’s most in-form centre-backs in Rudiger. Incidentally, the Blues may reportedly be close to agreeing a new contract with him.