Trevoh Chalobah is optimistic about his future at Chelsea due to the club's new approach to developing academy players.
Following a transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaching rules when
signing younger players, the club and new manager Frank Lampard had to
dip into the club's extensive pool of younger talent, rather than splash
out on new signings.
It means the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have been
afforded opportunities at Stamford Bridge with both players impressing
Striker Abraham has scored 13 goals in 25 top-flight appearances
while Mount has scored six in 29, earning England recognition in the
Winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and right-back Reece James are also members
of the Blues' first-team squad, while midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is
also fighting back to fitness, having spent the whole season on the
Former Rangers wonderkid Billy Gilmour also burst onto the scene for
the Blues by starring in their 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round triumph against
runaway league leaders Liverpool earlier this month
And, in Chelsea's last Premier League game before the enforced break
due to the coronavirus, academy duo Faustino Anjorin and Armando Broja
were handed their debuts as the Blues battered Everton 4-0.
Chelsea also have a clutch of youngsters out on loan who are expected
to challenge for a first-team slot in the future, with England youth
international duo Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi both at Swansea.
Chalobah is in the same boat with the 20-year-old plying his trade at Huddersfield Town.
The Sierra Leone-born midfielder, whose elder brother Nathaniel plays
for Watford, has made 30 appearances for the Terriers this season,
However, he is looking further ahead in his career and believes the
club's new-found policy of blooding younger players could see him
offered a chance.
"I keep in contact with them almost every day as well - Reece, Mason,
Fikayo, Tammy, all of them. I'm just happy for them because it shows
the hard work they've put in and going out on loan for a few years has
paid off," he said.
"If I do well myself, then hopefully next season I can join those boys I've grown up with as well."
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