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Nathaniel Chalobah | Defensemen | #14

Team: Watford
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/12/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 168

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Nathan Chalobah has missed nearly the entire season due to a knee injury but could play some part against Manchester United on Sunday as his recovery continues.
The former Chelsea youth product came into the season with high hopes based on the opportunity to play some serious minutes in the top flight out from under the oppressive depth chart at Chelsea. He showed some signs of quality early before a September knee injury derailed what was supposed to be a breakout season. Even if he only appears as a substitute on the final day of the season it will be a big move back toward the starting line-up next season at Watford. May 11 - 1:35 PM
Source: BBC Sport

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Nathaniel Chalobah admits he is "not far off" from a return to first-team action after more than four months on the sidelines.

Before his sacking, Marco Silva suggested that the Watford midfielder would return in late January or early February, but a recent Twitter post from Chalobah suggests he is still at least a few weeks away from re-joining his teammates on the training pitches. ‘Been the toughest few months for me but the most satisfying thing is knowing that I’m back on my feet and pushing myself as hard as I can to be back on the grass’. Following an excellent start to the season, Watford have faltered in recent times, due in no small part to an extensive injury list, which will hopefully begin to ease over the coming weeks. Up-to 12 first-team players could miss this weekends’ FA Cup clash at Southampton but new manager Javi Garcia will be hoping to see Tom Cleverley, Jose Holebas and Heurelho Gomes back in the squad when the Premier League fixtures resume on January 31.
Source: talkSPORT
Jan 24 - 3:15 PM

Watford are sweating on the fitness of Nathaniel Chalobah after he was sent for a second scan to determine the extent of a training ground knee injury.

The former England U21 international has enjoyed an excellent start to his career at Vicarage Road following his move from Chelsea. However, it now appears that Chalobah is set for a period on the sidelines after he posted a picture of himself on Instagram with his left knee in a brace. The specifics of the injury are not clear at this stage, but the 22-year-old is believed to have pulled up immediately in training after striking the ball. Typically, this kind of knee support is used to treat ligament and/or cartilage damage which would suggest significant time out, although Watford supporters will be hoping it’s being used more as a precaution. His replacement on Saturday - Etienne Capoue - was handed his first Premier League start of the season in the 2-1 win over Swansea, the Hornets third consecutive away victory.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 05:33:00 AM

Nathaniel Chalobah has been called in to the England squad for the first time as the Three Lions face off with Malta and Slovakia in World Cup qualifying early next month.

The move from Chelsea to Watford has already been a successful one for Chalobah when it comes to featuring in the first team at the club level. That success has quickly translated to the international level as he picks up his first call to the senior England squad and looks to be capped for the first time. With Watford looking to head into the international break undefeated in the league it has been a great August for Chalobah who has played a key part in Marco Silva's revitalization of the Hornets.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Nathan Chalobah appears to have assumed at least some set piece duties for the Hornets in pre-season action.

You certainly can't judge a season by how pre-season goes but one interesting note from Watford's training ground friendly with Glasgow Rangers on Wednesday was that Nathan Chalobah took at least one set piece in the attacking third. With a free kick positioned just outside the penalty area, Chalobah forced a save from the Rangers goalkeeper. He was also involved in the Hornets only goal as a long range shot from the former Chelsea academy man rebounded off the cross-bar to Stefano Okaka to score from close in. Watford certainly need more in the center of the park so Chalobah's progress is definitely worth watching.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 12:51:00 PM

Marco Silva has continued remaking the Watford side with the transfer of Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea. The player signed a five-year contract with his new club.

A generation of Chelsea youth hopefuls seem to be slowly leaving the club after finding opportunities to reach the first team elusive. This summer alone has seen high profile youngsters Dominic Solanke and Chalobah leave on a permanent basis. The native of Sierra Leone can play both as a defender and a holding midfielder but is most often deployed in central midfield. The move comes after six loan deals (Watford, Nottingham Forrest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading, and Napoli) and while the profile of the clubs he's joined has improved, he has struggled for first team football at all stops. With Watford now invested in his future due to the move being a permanent one, this could be his opportunity to show what he can do.
Source: @WatfordFC
Thu, Jul 13, 2017 06:22:00 PM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ready to hand rising academy talents their fair chance at breaking into the first team, but stated they must earn their place after Saturday's 3-0 win over Leicester City.

Conte used three home-grown youngsters - Nathaniel Chalobah, Ola Aina and Ruben Loftus-Cheek - as second-half substitutes last weekend. Shining brightest was Chalobah, who assisted on the Blues' third goal scored by Victor Moses with a clever piece of link play. After the match Conte revealed that form, not age, will be the ultimate factor in determining who he selections in his first team. "People who know me will know I don't gift a place to anyone," Conte said. "Only those who deserve to play will play for me. It is important for Chalobah and Aina to understand this." Conte also added: "In the future they can play from the start. Age is not important. I made my first appearance in Serie A at only 16."
Source: ESPN FC
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Chelsea's highly rated midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Championship strugglers Reading on loan until the end of the season.

Reading are 18th in the league and but manager Steve Clarke knows more about Chalobah's potential than most, as he was an assistant to Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese's first tenure at Stamford Bridge. The England under-21 international's versatility means he also offers cover in defence and Clarke believes Chalobah can help guide The Royals further away from the drop zone.
Source: Daily Mail
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 06:37:00 PM

Burnley have acquired the services of midfielder/defender Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea on a loan deal which will expire in January.

Chalobah continues to be farmed out as the 19 year old develops. This follows loan spells with Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough but now Chalobah will get a chance to experience life in the top flight. It should be a positive addition to aid in Burnley's survival hopes. With the pedigree of being Chelsea property, Chalobah should have a chance to see plenty of pitch time at Turf Moor.
Source: Eurosport
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 11:04:00 AM

Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Middlesbrough on a loan for the rest of the season.

The Chelsea defender has been given to Middlesbrough so he can gain experience and valuable playing time. The 21 year old just returned from a loan at Nottingham Forest but Chelsea and the defender have decided for him to go to a different club for the rest of the season. Chalobah wasn't going to get much playing time at Chelsea this season but could be a starter for the Blues once John Terry leaves the club.
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 12:16:00 AM