Nathaniel Chalobah is an English footballer born on 12th December 1994 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Chalobah is primarily played as a defensive midfielder in the playing eleven but has also played the roles of central midfielder and a centre back in his career. Chalobah currently plies his trade for English football club, Watford FC.
Chalobah joined the Chelsea academy from London rivals Fulham in 2010 at the age of ten. In the 2011-12 season, he captained both the reserve and the youth teams of the club and led them to glory in the 2012 FA Youth Cup.
He signed a professional contract with Chelsea in the same year after turning 17. He even travelled to the 2012 UEFA Champions League final which his club won.
As chances of playing first team football with Chelsea was quite difficult, Chalobah signed for Championship side Watford at the beginning of the 2012-13 season on a loan deal till January 2013. He later extended the deal to last the entire season.
Chalobah has made 97 appearances for the English national side at various levels but has not represented the senior side yet. He was a part of the England U21 side which went to the semi-finals of the 2017 U21 European Championships.
Rise to Glory
Chalobah had an excellent loan spell at Watford. He immediately caught the attention of scouts everywhere. He made 42 appearances in the loan spell with The Hornets and scored five goals. Chalobah was one of the integral members of the side as Watford pushed for promotion to the Premier League by finishing among the playoff places. He won the England Youth Player of the year in the same season.
Chalobah spent the next couple of seasons on loan deals at Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough respectively. He managed to play only 31 matches in these couple of seasons and failed to cement a spot in the starting eleven.
After having his unimpressive loan deal at Burnley terminated, he joined Reading and made 15 appearances for the club. Chalobah made a brave move to venture outside England for the first time and joined Italian club Napoli in the summer of 2015 on a loan deal.
Chalobah made only six appearances in the season but the loan spell in Naples enriched him as a footballer.
New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte decided to keep him at the club for the entirety of the 2016-17 season after having impressed him during the pre-season friendlies. He made 15 appearances in the season and ended up with a Premier League Winners medal as Chelsea were crowned the champions. He helped his side to the final of the FA Cup as well where they lost to Arsenal.
In September 2017, Chalobah suffered a knee injury during a training session. As a result, he has not made another appearance since then. The injury proved to be fatal blow to Chalobah's chances of making into the England 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
Chalobah started his professional career by signing for Premier League club Chelsea FC. Since then, he has spent loan spells in Watford, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli. After spending the 2017-18 season with Chelsea, he signed for Watford for an undisclosed fee on a permanent basis.