Trevoh Chalobah believes that the trust and belief that head coach Thomas Tuchel has shown in Chelsea youngsters is a massive reason for his impressive debut season so far.
Chalobah spent last season on loan at French club Lorient and was perhaps expecting to be finding another loan club ahead of this season, before Thomas Tuchel decided to include him in pre-season.
It’s a decision that would now appear a well justified one, given his inclusion in many major games and his performance in the Chelsea defence.
‘Coming back knowing I had done well, all I wanted to do was keep myself fit,’ Trevoh reveals. ‘I didn’t know what I was doing when I came back, I didn’t know if I would go back out on loan.
From there I got a bit of confidence, and I started to try even harder. Then the Super Cup comes, and I’m just like “Wow”. Even then, I was taking every training and every game as it comes.
‘The manager spoke to me after the Crystal Palace game and said it would be better for me to stay here rather than go out on loan, to learn from Thiago Silva, Rudiger and all the other players around me.’
Chalobah admits that seeing friends and Academy team-mates like Reece James and Mason Mount stake their claim in the first-team squad, only made him work harder on his return to Cobham.
‘That was my motivation,’ added Chalobah. ‘I watched all the Chelsea games when Mason and Reece were playing under [Frank] Lampard. I would rush home to watch the games. Seeing them play for Chelsea is massive.