Posted on: Fri 24 May 2013

Nathaniel Chalobah, currently on-loan at Watford, has been named the Football League's Young Player of the Month for April.

During that period the 18-year-old midfielder, who is a product of the Chelsea Academy, kept the Hornets challenging for promotion from the Championship. Ultimately they had to settle for a play-off place but that has taken them to Wembley on Monday when they will play Crystal Palace for a place in the Premier League.

Chalobah has played 41 games for his loan club, scoring five goals, the most recent a special strike against Leicester that came during April.

'At the start of the season I was just coming from the Under-21s at Chelsea and looking to play a few games at Watford. I couldn't have asked for a better season,' the player said on receiving the award.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola said: 'Well done to him. He's been an exciting player for us and he's done very well throughout this season.'