Chalobah says Tuchel's youth policy benefits 17-year-old Chelsea talent

Trevoh Chalobah has named Lewis Hall among Chelsea academy stars who have benefitted from Thomas Tuchel’s youth policy at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues saw a number of their youth setup graduates break into the first team under Frank Lampard, some of which are still in the squad.

Obviously, Lampard’s successor Tuchel inherited a relatively young squad and therefore has not had to promote as many young players into the first team.

Chalobah is so far the only player from the youth setup who has earned an official promotion under Tuchel.

To be fair, he had already had three seasons of senior experience during his loan spells at Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town, and French side Lorient when he impressed the manager during the pre-season.

However, as Chalobah pointed out, plenty of academy players have been invited to train with the senior squad and even made their Chelsea debut under Tuchel.

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“He gives opportunities,” the 22-year-old told Chelsea’s official website about Tuchel’s youth policy.

“There has been a lot of young players that have trained, like Lewis Hall for example.

“There are opportunities there, that’s so good from the manager to give young players the chance.

“As a young player, you need that trust and belief in the manager and that’s what helps.

“He gives you extra confidence.”

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On 8 January, Hall made his professional career debut in the FA Cup third-round win over Chesterfield and did remarkably well for a midfielder who had to play as a defender in the game.

He also became the youngest player to start an FA Cup tie for Chelsea.

Chalobah himself wants to inspire other Chelsea youngsters, just like how Mason Mount and Reece James’ becoming regulars under Lampard inspired him.

“For me, I could be a role model for a lot of the young players growing up,” he explained.

“I want to be an example for the younger boys. You need to do those loans and gain experience.

“I don’t regret any of my loans, they have helped me where I am today.”

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