Nathaniel Chalobah

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Nathaniel Chalobah
Nathaniel Chalobah (cropped).jpg
Chalobah playing for England U19s in 2012
Personal information
Full name Nathaniel Nyakie Chalobah[1]
Date of birth (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone[2]
Height 1.85m (6 ft 1 in)[3]
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Reading
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 14
Youth career
2005–2012 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Chelsea 0 (0)
2012–2013 Watford (loan) 38 (5)
2013–2014 Nottingham Forest (loan) 12 (2)
2014 Middlesbrough (loan) 19 (1)
2014–2015 Burnley (loan) 4 (0)
2015– Reading (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2008–2009 England U16 6 (0)
2009–2011 England U17 34 (1)
2011–2012 England U19 13 (2)
2012– England U21 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:26, 28 January 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:02, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Nathaniel Nyakie Chalobah (born 12 December 1994) is an English professional footballer. He can operate both as a midfielder or defender and currently plays for Reading on loan from Chelsea.[4]

Club career[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Chalobah came through the Chelsea academy, having been there since his pre-teens. During the 2010–11 season he featured for Chelsea reserves while still a schoolboy, winning the national championship with the side that season.[2] In 2011–12, Chalobah regularly captained both Chelsea's reserve and youth sides, and led the 2012 FA Youth Cup winning side.[2] He signed a professional contract with Chelsea in January 2012 shortly after turning 17, lasting until summer 2014.[2] He was an unused substitute for the Chelsea first-team at the age of 15, in their League Cup clash against Newcastle[5] and traveled with them to the 2012 UEFA Champions League final in Munich, which Chelsea won. On 30 August 2013, Chalobah signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, stating that he wishes to stay at Chelsea for his entire career.[6]

Loan to Watford[edit]

Chalobah signed on loan for Championship side Watford on 31 August 2012 until January 2013.[7] He made his professional debut for the club on 18 September 2012 against Brighton & Hove Albion, coming on as 73rd minute substitute for Fernando Forestieri.[8] He later made his first professional start, lasting the full 90 minutes in Watford's 2–2 draw with Bristol City, on 23 September.[9] On 17 November, Chalobah scored his first goal for Watford in a 2–1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.[10] He scored his second goal for Watford in a 1–1 draw against Burnley, on 15 December, with a fine volley from the edge of the box,[11] 3 days after his 18th birthday.

On 2 January 2013, Chalobah extended his loan at Watford until the end of the 2012–13 season. In April, he scored his fifth goal of the season with a 30-yard shot that Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said he never saw; Watford won 2–1.[12]

Chalobah's performances helped Watford reach the Championship playoff final, in which they were defeated 1–0 by Crystal Palace.

Loan to Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 19 September 2013 Chalobah signed a loan deal with Nottingham Forest until 15 January 2014.[13] Manager Billy Davies remarked upon his arrival “He’s a tremendous young talent."[14] Chalobah made his debut from the start in Forest's trip to Doncaster Rovers on 21 September 2013 and he scored his first Forest goal in a 3–1 defeat away to Yeovil Town on 26 October 2013.[citation needed]

Loan to Middlesbrough[edit]

On 16 January 2014, Chalobah joined Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[15] On 5 April 2014, Chalobah scored his first Boro goal in a 1–0 win at home to Derby County.[16]

Loan to Burnley[edit]

On 1 September 2014, Chalobah joined Premier League newcomers Burnley on loan from Chelsea until 2 January 2015.[17]

Loan to Reading[edit]

On 22 January 2015, after an unsuccessful spell in the Premier League, Chalobah joined Reading for the remainder of the season. [18]

International career[edit]

He made his England under-16 debut at the age of 13 in October 2008, and his England under-17 debut aged 14 in July 2009. He won the 2010 European Championship and later captaining the side at the age of 15. Chalobah made his England under-19 debut in September 2011.,[19] and went on to captain them until the 8th of November 2012 when he was called up to the England under-21 squad for a match against Northern Ireland.[20] Chalobah made his England Under-21 debut on 13 November 2012, replacing Jordan Henderson in the 76th minute.[21] Chalobah is also eligible for Sierra Leone.

Style of play[edit]

Chalobah is well known for his versatility, work-rate, and fitness levels, both in defending and attacking sense. He is described as, "Tall, athletic and can operate in either midfield or defence, being notably quick in the tackle."[22]

Personal life[edit]

Chalobah attended St Andrews R.C. Primary school and further studied at Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham, South London.[23] Chalobah's younger brother, Trevoh, is currently in the Chelsea academy.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 27 January 2015.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford (loan) 2012–13[24] Championship 38 5 1 0 0 0 3[a] 0 42 5
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2013–14[25] Championship 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
Middlesbrough (loan) 2013–14[25] Championship 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
Burnley (loan) 2014–15[26] Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Reading (loan) 2014–15 Championship 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 74 8 2 0 0 0 3 0 79 8
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Championship play-offs

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Chelsea

England[edit]

UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship: 2010

Individual[edit]

England Men's Youth Player of the Year (1): 2013[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists". Premier League. 19 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d NATHANIEL CHALOBAH, chelseafc.com, accessed 18 September 2012
  3. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile". web page. Premier League. 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nathaniel Chalobah has joined @BurnleyOfficial on a season-long loan. Good luck Nat! http://che.lc/98BlF9 #CFC". twitter.com. 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Dawkes, Phil (18 September 2012). "MATCH REPORT: Chelsea 3–4 Newcastle". BBC. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Chalobah signs until 2018". chelseafc.com. 30 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "OFFICIAL: Chelsea’s Chalobah Signs". Watford F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "MATCH REPORT: Watford 0–1 Brighton". Watford F.C. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17661490
  10. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20278320
  11. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20650396
  12. ^ Moxley, Neil (26 April 2013). "Leicester 1 Watford 2: Screamer from Chelsea loan star Chalobah keeps Hull on edge". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Chalobah loaned to Forest". Chelsea F.C. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Chalobah 'A Tremendous Talent'". Nottingham Forest F.C. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Boro Sign Nathaniel". Middlesbrough FC. 16 January 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/middlesbrough/result/result-chalobah-strike-gives-boro-win_148252.html
  17. ^ http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2014/08/burnley-loan-for-chalobah.html
  18. ^ http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2015/01/new-loan-for-chalobah-.html
  19. ^ NATHANIEL CHALOBAH, thefa.com, accessed 18 September 2012
  20. ^ [1], thefa.com, accessed 8 November 2012
  21. ^ [2], thefa.com, accessed 13 November 2012
  22. ^ "Nathaniel Chalobah". FA.com. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "News Magazine of Bishop Thomas Grant School". Bishop Thomas Grant School. 1 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Nathaniel Chalobah in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Nathaniel Chalobah in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Nathaniel Chalobah in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  27. ^ http://www.thefa.com/News/2013/feb/mens-youth-england-c-award-030213.aspx

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