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Nathaniel Chalobah scores superb goal for Napoli in Europa League

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Nathaniel Chalobah, on loan from Chelsea, gave Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri some food for thought on Thursday evening by scoring a wonderful goal in the Europa League.

The 20-year-old, who joined the Italian outfit on a season-long loan deal at the start of September, scored the opening goal in the 5-2 win over Legia Warsaw with a wonderful piece of individual skill and an emphatic finish.

Chalobah produced a stunning first touch to nutmeg his opponent before slamming the ball in off the underside of the crossbar. (Scroll down this page to watch Chalobah’s goal).

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It was a wonderful goal from the England Under-21 international, who is yet to appear for Napoli in Serie A.

Chalobah, playing from the left-hand side of central midfield, was on the pitch for the full 90 minutes and set up teammates Dries Mertens for Napoli’s fifth goal in stoppage time.

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Video: Nathaniel Chalobah's goal

Chalobah needs more minutes at Napoli

Although Jose Mourinho will have been pleased to see Chalobah in action last night, there’s a good chance the Chelsea manager will be disappointed with the lack of minutes his player has had this season.

The idea was for Chalobah to gain some valuable first-team experience away from Stamford Bridge, before returning to the Blues next summer ready to compete for a place in the first team.

However, perhaps it would have been more beneficial for the versatile midfielder - who can also play in defence - to have joined a club lower down the table in one of Europe’s top leagues.

Chelsea fans: does Nathaniel Chalobah have a future at Stamford Bridge? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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