Chalobah playing for England U19s in 2012
|Full name||Nathaniel Nyakie Chalobah|
|Date of birth||12 December 1994|
|Place of birth||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|Height||1.85m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Defender|
(on loan from Chelsea)
|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)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:26, 28 January 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Style of play
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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. In 2011–12, Chalobah regularly captained both Chelsea's reserve and youth sides, and led the 2012 FA Youth Cup winning side. He signed a professional contract with Chelsea in January 2012 shortly after turning 17, lasting until summer 2014. He was an unused substitute for the Chelsea first-team at the age of 15, in their League Cup clash against Newcastle 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.
Loan to Watford
Chalobah signed on loan for Championship side Watford on 31 August 2012 until January 2013. 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. He later made his first professional start, lasting the full 90 minutes in Watford's 2–2 draw with Bristol City, on 23 September. On 17 November, Chalobah scored his first goal for Watford in a 2–1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. 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, 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.
Chalobah's performances helped Watford reach the Championship playoff final, in which they were defeated 1–0 by Crystal Palace.
Loan to Nottingham Forest
On 19 September 2013 Chalobah signed a loan deal with Nottingham Forest until 15 January 2014. Manager Billy Davies remarked upon his arrival “He’s a tremendous young talent." 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.
Loan to Middlesbrough
Loan to Burnley
Loan to Reading
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., 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. Chalobah made his England Under-21 debut on 13 November 2012, replacing Jordan Henderson in the 76th minute. Chalobah is also eligible for Sierra Leone.
Style of play
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."
Chalobah attended St Andrews R.C. Primary school and further studied at Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham, South London. Chalobah's younger brother, Trevoh, is currently in the Chelsea academy.
- As of match played 27 January 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2013–14||Championship||12||2||0||0||0||0||—||12||2|
|Burnley (loan)||2014–15||Premier League||4||0||0||0||0||0||—||4||0|
- Appearances in Football League Championship play-offs
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists". Premier League. 19 September 2012.
- NATHANIEL CHALOBAH, chelseafc.com, accessed 18 September 2012
- "Barclays Premier League Player Profile". web page. Premier League. 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Nathaniel Chalobah has joined @BurnleyOfficial on a season-long loan. Good luck Nat! http://che.lc/98BlF9 #CFC". twitter.com. 1 September 2013.
- Dawkes, Phil (18 September 2012). "MATCH REPORT: Chelsea 3–4 Newcastle". BBC. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Chalobah signs until 2018". chelseafc.com. 30 August 2013.
- "OFFICIAL: Chelsea’s Chalobah Signs". Watford F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- "MATCH REPORT: Watford 0–1 Brighton". Watford F.C. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- 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.
- "Chalobah loaned to Forest". Chelsea F.C. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- "Chalobah 'A Tremendous Talent'". Nottingham Forest F.C. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Boro Sign Nathaniel". Middlesbrough FC. 16 January 2014.
- NATHANIEL CHALOBAH, thefa.com, accessed 18 September 2012
- , thefa.com, accessed 8 November 2012
- , thefa.com, accessed 13 November 2012
- "Nathaniel Chalobah". FA.com. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- "News Magazine of Bishop Thomas Grant School". Bishop Thomas Grant School. 1 March 2013.
- "Games played by Nathaniel Chalobah in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Games played by Nathaniel Chalobah in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Games played by Nathaniel Chalobah in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 July 2014.