21-year-old academy prospect Trevoh Chalobah has secured a move to Ligue 1 side FC Lorient ahead of the 2020-21 season, which is set to begin this weekend. The Englishman has also signed a new three-year contract with parent club Chelsea.
Chalobah, the brother of former Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel, will be looking to push himself into Frank Lampard’s plans with a move away from England. Having previously enjoyed spells at both Ipswich and Huddersfield Town, it’s hoped that the youngster can prove his worth against some of Europe’s finest attacking talent.
At 21, Chalobah whilst young, is approaching the end of his formative development. Fellow academy graduate Fikayo Tomori, who himself has been linked with a move to France, excelled during this period of his career and as such forced his way into the reckoning for first-team football last season. The same, however, cannot be said for Jonathan Panzo who has struggled to make an impact at Monaco after leaving Chelsea. In line with The Blues’s aspirations, opportunities are becoming far less common than perhaps they were a year ago, and Chalobah has his work cut out if he is to impress the likes of Joe Edwards, Jody Morris and Neil Bath.
Having previously been utilised at centre-half, Chalobah has played his best football at the base of midfield, overcoming a difficult start to his time at Huddersfield and helping lead The Terriers to safety. Comfortable in both a 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 formation, Chalobah’s ability to quickly adapt to Lampard’s style of play will be of keen interest.
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Chalobah is still a raw talent and whilst he looks to use the ball to quickly move his team through the transitions, his ball retention has come into question on a few occasions. A player in the mould of Lampard’s system only time will tell whether he possesses the ability to consistently produce this style of play at a higher level. What isn’t in doubt, however, is his ability to dominate aerially. At 6 ft 3in, he offers a natural height advantage which Chelsea lack, and most importantly he knows how to use it to his benefit. Tammy Abraham for example still has plenty of work to do in that regard.
Newly promoted FC Lorient kick off their campaign at home to Strasbourg on Saturday, with Chalobah potentially in line for selection.