'Joy to behold': Pat Nevin suggests he's seen Chelsea youngster's confidence go through the roof this season

Pat Nevin suggested that Trevoh Chalobah is now well aware of his qualities as a confident, young defender for Chelsea.

Writing on his column for the club website, Nevin highlighted that Chalobah has experienced a light bulb moment in terms of tackling any opponent that comes against him.

This is some switch in outlook, considering the position the 22-year-old found himself in just a few months ago.

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Curtains for Chalobah?

Before the season started, it seemed the centre-back was destined for another spell out on loan.

The attention surrounding Jules Kounde meant Chalobah’s potential space in Thomas Tuchel’s squad came under threat.

However, after making his senior Chelsea debut in the small matter of the UEFA Super Cup final, perceptions began to change.

Talk of Kounde began to soften, as the Cobham academy graduate continued to roar loudly.

His maiden Premier League appearance was capped with a first goal for the Blues.

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Chalobah has gone from strength to strength ever since and can now be considered a mainstay in Tuchel’s side.   

Clever Trevoh

“Watching Trevoh Chalobah suddenly ‘know’ he is as good as any top international striker he comes up against in a one-v-one is a joy to behold,” said Nevin.

“Yes, his goals have helped boost his confidence but surely not as much as his manager’s belief in him and his encouragement.”

Just a few of the centre-forward’s that Chalobah can tick off his list are Cristiano Ronaldo, Jamie Vardy, Alvaro Morata, Ivan Toney, Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins, amongst others.

Not a bad ensemble to have challenged and generally defeated.

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Facing Romelu Lukaku almost every day in training probably helps.

And the youthful centre-half has shown efficiency in the final third that many of his opposing attackers would be proud of.

Three times Chalobah has found the back of the next this campaign, all with varying finishes.

His long-range effort against Crystal Palace on the league’s opening weekend was followed up by a diving back-post header at home to Southampton.

He then smashed a half-volley from close range in the 4-0 Champions League humbling of Juventus last week.

Bicycle-kick next please, Trevoh!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.