There is nothing as pleasing as seeing a young player rising through the ranks to claim his place in one of the best football teams in the world. Trevor Chalobah has done just that , starting for Chelsea in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace and capping it with a beautiful goal. Before his league debut, Trevor had also played in the European super cup against Villareal and has a winners medal to show for his effort.
Some might consider him a late bloomer at 22 years having spent time on loan at Ipswich, Huddersfield and Lorient but it seems he has finally arrived. Against Villareal and Crystal Palace, he looked at home at the base of the Chelsea midfield . It also looked as if he is a very popular member of the squad. The way he was mobbed by the senior players after the goal clearly showed the solidarity and love of his teammates. I think everyone wishes him success.
His story is also impressive. He was born in Sierra Leone and joined the Chelsea Academy at eight. In his post match interview he said, ” One has to be patient and continue working hard “. He showed that he has the football talent and a mature head which is beyond his years. A young man who emphasises patience and hard work cannot go wrong and i hope he does not lose these two important traits of character.
Those working at the Chelsea Academy must be very proud with the quality of players that they are churning out. Mason Mount , Reece James, Tammy Abrahams ( who is moving to Roma ),Calum Hudson Adoi, Billy Gilmour ( on loan at Norwich ) are all homegrown and are all part of the Academy success story. Trevoh Chalobah joins them this season further strengthening the view that Chelsea has hit on a magic formula to produce talented players .
But there is no magic formula! A lot of planning was involved, there was a hard work, patience and of course money. Now the fruits are there for everyone to see.
I used to celebrate the emergence of young players at Clubs such as Highlanders, Caps United, Rio Tinto, Ziscosteel and Dynamos. It was such a pleasure watching players from the juniors go up the ranks until they started wearing the cherished first team shirt.
At one stage Caps United had Oscar Motsi, Kudzanayi Taruvinga, Tobias Sibanda, Tidings Keta, Edwin Farai all graduating into the first team. We saw them develop. Highlanders had Adam Ndlovu, Benjamin Nkonjera, Makheyi Nyathi among others all announcing themselves with a bang. Even Dynamos who used to attract the top stars still had the time to develop their own players. Memory Mucherahowa is one such example but there are many more.
The junior structures were were in place and players emerged who gave us some unforgettable moments. Unfortunately many clubs have abandoned this due to various challenges. I hope they will revisit this and start producing stars for the future.
I celebrate the emergence of Trevoh and i hope his star will continue to rise. From his performances so far, he is seems destined for the top. All the best to him and well done to the Chelsea Academy. The money, hard work and patience have not been in vain.