Like the true Cobham Celestial that he is, Trevoh Chalobah emerged from deep within the Loan Army this summer, taking full advantage of a brief window of opportunity to stake his claim, convince the head coach, and get himself a spot in the first-team squad. Now armed with a fresh new contract, he’s certainly on the right trajectory for long-term success at his boyhood club — joining the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Andreas Christensen (assuming he does eventually sign his contract as well).
While Chelsea can’t really claim this specific sequence of events to be part of any sort of primary grand plan, that’s really neither here nor there. The important part is now that we have Chalobah playing a key role in the team, we can re-evaluate our plans for the future in terms of squad building as well. Perhaps we won’t have to dip into the transfer market after all at center back (sorry Jules!) — or if we do, it will be to compliment rather than to replace or supplant (maybe not sorry Jules!).
“I think every transfer period you need to evaluate again [becuase] your opinion changes, players change, you have evolvement in the group, you have an atmosphere that you build, you see who is absolutely reliable and these connections build up and create something special hopefully in the group.
“So you cannot say what we tried in the summer did not happen so we will try again for sure in the winter [and] clearly, Trevoh is now here with us and he deserves to be here with us. It had nothing to do with if we can sign another central defender or not. But he stepped up.
“The responsibility was even more on his shoulders and he can handle it so far in a very impressive way. This is the situation and it has an effect on our next decisions in the next transfer period. It is always like this.”
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Football.London
Contrary to Tuchel’s claim, it hasn’t always been like this. It should’ve been, but it hasn’t. But now that it is, hopefully it stays. This is the type of synergistic approach that we’ve been clamoring for ever since it became obvious that our Academy was churning out top level talent. May it long continue!