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Chelsea youngster Trevoh Chalobah is the Academy star who impressed against Juventus and is now in Tuchel’s plans

TREVOH CHALOBAH impressed again as Chelsea ran out 4-0 winner over Juventus in the Champions League.

The versatile 22-year-old, who starred in defence against the Italian giants, is the younger brother of former Chelsea player Nathaniel.

Trevoh Chalobah produced a man-of-the-match display against Juventus
Chalobah in action earlier this season as Chelsea beat Villarreal to win the Super Cup

The defender, 22, may have forced his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans

Earlier this season, Chalobah was commanding in the Super Cup win over Villarreal.

And he may well have now cemented himself into Thomas Tuchel’s plans after yet another impressive display in the Blues’ back three.

The 22-year-old defender impressed massively in pre-season, with standout performances against Bournemouth, Arsenal, Tottenham.

He clearly has caught the eye of manager Tuchel – but competition for places has never been stronger at Stamford Bridge.

Who is Trevoh Chalobah?

The academy graduate was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 1999.

He joined older brother Nathaniel at Cobham aged just eight and stayed in the system until signing his first professional contract in 2018.

Primarily playing at right or centre-back, he won the Uefa Youth League and FA youth Cup alongside Mason Mount as a teenager.

He played at every level for England from Under-16 to U21 level and was part of the U19 team that won the European Championships in 2017.

In his first season after going pro in 2017-18, Chalobah was named on the bench numerous times – including in the FA Cup final win against Manchester United.

He has since been on three successful loan spells at Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town and with FC Lorient in Ligue 1 last season.

The defensive midfielder made 29 appearances for Lorient last season, scoring two and setting up two.

And even graced the pitch with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar when Lorient pulled off a shock 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in January.

The game against Villarreal was his competitive debut for Chelsea.

Will he play a role for Chelsea’s first-team this season?

Before the game it looked like a certainty that Chalobah would be spending the season out on loan – with Valencia reported to have a keen interest.

A decision on his future likely to be made within the next week, but his pre-season performances may well have convinced Tuchel to keep him around.

Tuchel has already told the Chelsea hierarchy not to sell him and speaking after the Villarreal win, the German manager said: “He played well against Bournemouth, Arsenal and Tottenham.

“We wanted guys on the field who could play 90 mins. He was one of the first in training, physically strong and deserved to play.

“It’s quite impressive. He forced his way into our thinking.

“Let’s see how it goes, he forced his way into our thinking. We still have some days to decide [his future].”

It seems unlikely now he will be loaned out in January.

The problem, as Tuchel revealed before the game, is Chelsea have a wealth of options and game time may be limited.

Toni Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, would all definitely be ahead of him in the pecking order.

Right-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James both played in the back three last season and may well be trusted more if it comes to it.

Chelsea also continue to be linked with a big-money move for Sevilla star Jules Kounde.

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