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Transfer window feast leftovers: Chalobah in Championship links

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Richard Heathcote

The transfer window is like a Thanksgiving feast.  We look forward to it for many months and yet still manage to not procure all the needed ingredients for the big turkey bake.  We scramble at the last minute - whatever, just put it in the bag and get it done! - and we settle for yams instead of garlic mashed, box wine instead of cellared vintage, and three strikers of various crucial inadequacies (instead of)*.

* on a sidenote, does Ligue 1 have the best YouTube channel or the best YouTube channel out of all the leagues?

The transfer window is like a Thanksgiving feast, but epicsized to epic-sized proportions.  Instead of a day, it lasts a whole summer (and then some!).  Instead of bursting our bellies and hearts, it bursts our minds ... and hearts.  And just when you thought you've gorged yourself enough on succulent turkey legs, garlic mashed potatoes, and buttered David Luiz, you wake up the next day to find leftovers waiting to be gobbled up.

Chelsea’s England starlet Nathaniel Chalobah is the subject of a transfer tussle between promotion rivals Watford and Wigan.

-source: Mirror

The Mirror's story contains no quotes but they're making a safe bet here.  While the transfer window has shut, there are far fewer restrictions on loans (beyond a hard cap on the number of domestic loan deals allowed) and it's been assumed for quite some time that Chalobah would end up going somewhere temporarily anyway.  Although he cannot join a Premier League side, both the Watford and Wigan options are attractive enough.

Watford is of course where he spent last season, winning plaudits and awards under the tutelage of Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola and leading the London suburbs to within touching distance of the top flight.  Wigan, fresh off relegation and a minor exodus meanwhile ended up losing James McCarthy on the last day of the window as well, and could thusly be looking to reinforce their midfield despite the arrival of Nick Powell on loan from Manchester United.

Unspectacular starts for both clubs have left room for improvement and there should be plenty of opportunities for the 18-year-old budding midfield general to make an impact once again in the second tier.