Chelsea technical mentor Claude Makelele has played a significant role in developing Trevoh Chalobah at Stamford Bridge. Manager Thomas Tuchel now has an impressive young defender with a rare trait, adding another dimension to his prospering defence.
Chalobah has broken into the first team this season, starting the UEFA Super Cup victory over Villarreal and featuring in three of Chelsea’s five Premier League games.
He joined Chelsea at the age of eight and rose through the ranks alongside the likes of Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.
The 22-year-old thrived on loan at Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town, before spending last season at Ligue 1 outfit Lorient, racking up 112 appearances across the three moves.
Now part of Tuchel’s senior squad, Chalobah has earned plaudits over his ability to quickly turn defence into attack with pinpoint passing and darting runs into midfield.
Matt Spiro, the author of Sacre Bleu – From Zidane to Mbappe, A Football Journey, has credited Makelele with supporting Chalobah’s development.
Chalobah first showed signs of confidence bringing the ball out from the defence at Lorient, which Spiro claims made him popular at the French club.
He said “It took him a good few weeks to adapt to his surroundings, but as the season went on, he became increasingly more important to the team.
What was impressive was his ability to stride forward either from that starting position in defence or from midfield.