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Chelsea starlet shining in the Championship

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Chalobah could help secure promotion with Watford this weekend (©GettyImages)
Chalobah could help secure promotion with Watford this weekend (©GettyImages).

Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah is making waves in the Championship this season for Watford, with the club on the brink of securing automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has used his contacts at former club Chelsea to bring in 18-year-old Chalobah, on-loan and it has proved to be a masterstroke by the Chelsea legend.

Chalobah, who can play in defence or midfield, has contributed five goals in 37 league appearances and has seen Watford near the top of the league for the majority of the season.

So who is Nathaniel Chalobah?

Chalobah was born in Sierra Leone in 1994, before moving to London. He joined Chelsea's academy in 2005 as an 11-year-old.

He has featured for all age groups at Chelsea, captaining the youth and reserve team regularly and led the 2011-12 FA Youth Cup team to victory.

Chalobah has yet to play for the first-team, but was an unused sub in the league cup against Newcastle at the tender age of 15. He also travelled to Munich for the Champions League final in 2012.

Although he is eligible to play for Sierra Leone, Chalobah has played for England's youth teams, from under-16s to the under-21s. He is currently the under-19's captain. He also won the 2010 European Championship with the under-17s.

The future looks bright for Chalobah, who is being touted as a possible Chelsea captain, and he would be the first academy player since John Terry to achieve that honour.

Watford and Chalobah face a nervous last game this weekend at home to Leeds United, as victory for them and a defeat or draw for Hull, who play Championship winner's Cardiff, would see Watford promoted automatically.

What are your thoughts on Chalobah - and do you think he can go on to captain Chelsea? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

 

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