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Trevoh Chalobah

Personal information

  • Name

    Trevoh Chalobah
  • Date of birth

    5 July 1999 (age 22)
  • Birthplace

    Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Height

    1.90m (6 ft 3 in)
  • Weight

    82 kg
  • Position

    Defender
  • Number

    14

Biography

Trevoh Chalobah is the younger brother of Nathaniel, another Academy graduate, and signed for Chelsea as an Under-9.

He has progressed through the youth ranks and made his breakthrough into senior football in 2018, with the first of three loan spells, before being brought back to Chelsea as part of Thomas Tuchel's squad for the start of the 2021/22 season, where he made an instant impact with a mixture of composure and passion at the back.

Academy

Trevoh played predominantly in defence throughout his schoolboy years, mostly at right-back and centre-back but also occasionally in midfield. He featured on 10 occasions for our youth team while still a schoolboy, making his debut at the tender age of 14, and played for the Under-21s before signing as a scholar.

In 2015/16, Chalobah featured in every game en route to another FA Youth Cup final success for our youngsters and was a regular in our Under-19s team that retained their UEFA Youth League title. The following campaign saw him step up as a development squad regular, starting 25 of the 28 games at that age group. He also featured in all eight ties and scored semi-final and final goals as we won the Youth Cup for a fourth year running.

During 2017/18, he was named among the men's senior team's substitutes on occasions, including for the FA Cup final against Manchester United. His versatility was utilised by development squad manager Joe Edwards, who deployed the technically proficient youngster in a holding midfield role throughout the second half of the campaign, including during our run to the senior Checkatrade Trophy semi-finals.

2021/22

Chalobah couldn't have dreamed of a better start to life in the Chelsea senior set-up after joining Tuchel's squad for pre-season in 2021. After impressing the German, he was retained for the upcoming campaign and celebrated his debut by lifting silverware, as a composed performance belying his years contributed to the Blues beating Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

More was to come, as his first appearance in the Premier League also brought his first goal for Chelsea, arrowing a low drive into the bottom corner to complete a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, showing just how much the moment meant to his as he succumbed to the emotions and sunk to his knees in tears as his team-mates rushed to celebrate with him.

A further Premier League goal followed against Southampton, before hitting the net in the Champions League for the first time in a 4-0 thrashing of Juventus, but it was the seamless way he integrated and looked at home alongside his more experienced team-mates in Tuchel's back three that really caught the eye, as well as providing an additional option in midfield as injury and Covid-19 depleted our ranks in early winter.

On loan

In the summer of 2018, it was announced that Chalobah would be experiencing his first senior loan in the Championship at Ipswich, where he made 44 appearances and scored twice. His performances in central defence and midfield earned plaudits despite the Tractor Boys ultimately being relegated.

In August 2019, it was announced Chalobah would be spending the upcoming campaign back in the Championship with Huddersfield Town. Prior to heading to Yorkshire, the defender signed a new Chelsea contract committing him to the club until at least 2022. A mainstay in the The Terriers' defence, Chalobah played 37 times throughout the campaign, helping Huddersfield Town retain their Championship status.

2020 saw Chalobah move abroad for the first time agreeing to join newly-promoted Ligue 1 side Lorient. Splitting his playing time between the centre of defence and midfield, Chalobah's good performances caught the eye of many. In total he made 30 outings and scored two goals to help Lorient retain their place in the top flight of French football.

International career

Chalobah wore the captain's armband for England Under-16s as the young Lions won the Montaigu Tournament in 2015/16. A regular throughout the England age groups, he captained the Under-17s at the European Championships for that age group in 2016 before winning the Under-19 version of the tournament in 2017. Chalobah recieved his first call-up to the England Under-21s squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Kosovo, playing the duration in both matches.