Thomas Tuchel put out a strongly rotated team full of rag-tags and misfits, and while some have struggled in the first half against Aston Villa, others have shone.
There’s no doubting who the man of the match for Chelsea has been so far – Trevoh Chalobah has excelled in the back line, more than making up for his partner Malang Sarr’s errors.
A couple of brilliantly timed interventions, a couple of decisive passes into the opposition half – the centre back is showing exactly what he did in the preseason friendlies to force Tuchel into keeping him in his first team plans this season.
Social media went wild for his performance, as you’d expect, and the fan who said he looked like a “future Chelsea captain” isn’t looking far wrong. He’s another academy product who looks to have it all.
You can see a selection of the reaction in the Tweets embedded here:
Chalobah a balla
— KardzZ🤞🏽 #BwoyAveRifle (@da_packofKardzZ) September 22, 2021
Chalobah is some player
— aaron (@aaronljones221) September 22, 2021
frustating ziyech but what a first half performance by chalobah though
— Hulk 🇵🇸 (@Syafuqqq) September 22, 2021
Very poor. Chalobah and James been superb.
— Reggie Butcher (@ReggieSW6) September 22, 2021
Loftus Cheek and Chalobah were excellent…..
I’m especially happy for Loftus
— The retweeter (@guru_kalexis) September 22, 2021
Chalobah’s defensive awareness at his age is so impressive
— CFC_Doedel 🇧🇪 (@Doedelkakje) September 22, 2021
Trevor Chalobah looks like a future Chelsea captain ngl
— Aggressive Rudiger (@CFC_Rugged) September 22, 2021
Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah and Kepa playing well.
— Matt Debono (@MattDebonoSI) September 22, 2021
Chalobah is too good at football
— Kuda (@kudaaa09) September 22, 2021
– Chalobah exceptional.
– Not seeing the best of CHO in the RWB position.
– Saul still struggling.
– RLC decent.
– Kepa really regaining his confidence.
– We haven’t created any clear chances. #CFC
— Bongani Dlamini (@Bongani_Dlams) September 22, 2021
Chalobah is special and we’re actually never gonna concede a goal ever again
— Havertz Enthusiast (@KaiHenthusiast) September 22, 2021
Chalobah is a top defender 👌🏾
— PMD 💙🥺 (@pmndchelseaisco) September 22, 2021
Ziyech stinking it out in another game. Chalobah and Reece James have been great though
— Suhail (@Gujuloos) September 22, 2021
Chalobah motm so far.
— Z E N O (@Zeno490BC) September 22, 2021
Trevor Chalobah is a gem!
— _playmaker_ (@morganaliticus) September 22, 2021
Bad touches from a lot of them. They keep giving the ball away. Chalobah is a boss. #CHEAVL
— ๓คς г๏אคร (@TheRealMacATK) September 22, 2021