Chelsea starlet and Watford loanee Nathaniel Chalobah claims he doesn't feel the pressure of his highly-rated tag

Chalobah claims he doesn't feel the pressure of highly-rated tag

Chalobah claims he doesn't feel the pressure of highly-rated tag

First published in Watford FC News by

He may not have made his professional debut until his arrival at Vicarage Road, but Nathaniel Chalobah has always had to carry around the ‘highly-rated’ and ‘future star’ tag.

From making his England Under-16 debut at the age of just 13, and his Under-17 bow a year later, to travelling with Chelsea’s first team for their Champions League win in the summer at just 17, people have always harboured high hopes for Chalobah.

But when asked if he feels the pressure of the ‘highly-rated’ tag, Chalobah replied: “No, not really, I don’t look at it that way. I just want to play football and keep my head down.

“I have the right people around me and giving me advice. As a player that is all you want and I am receiving that.”

On the success he has obtained so far, he added: “I don’t really see it like that. I am proud of myself and my family are proud of me but I am trying to push forward as I don’t think I have made it. I don’t want to be too comfortable and I want to push on every single day.”

Chalobah signed his first professional contract, a two-and-a-half year deal, in January following his 17th birthday.

The Sierra Leone-born player has yet to make his first-team debut for Chelsea but has already secured plenty of silverware; he played a big part in the Blues side which won the FA Youth Cup in 2010, followed that up by winning the Under-17 European Championships a few weeks later at the age of 15, secured the Reserve title last year and then this summer captained his parent club to another FA Youth Cup win.

It has been another hugely successful year for Chalobah this time around and days after the Youth Cup win, he travelled to Munich as part of the Chelsea squad who won the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.

He said: “It was phenomenal. As a Chelsea fan, it was incredible just to be there and I couldn’t really complain. It will be something I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Chalobah has predominantly played as a holding midfielder during his five appearances for Watford but he can play in a slightly more advanced role or as a centre-back, which he did during the second half of his full debut.

The England Under-19 international was first moved to centre-half as a 12-year-old and has switched between the two positions throughout his development.

He explained: “I get asked about my position all the time and I really don’t know which is my best position yet because I am still developing and growing. I need to see how my body develops and how things turn out. We will have to wait and see.”

Chalobah admits he will need to be patient for his break with the Chelsea first team but confirmed talks about extending his six-month loan deal with the Hornets have yet to take place.

He says everyone at Watford has made him feel welcome and he is enjoying his football.

Chalobah said: “I wasn’t satisfied just sitting around and not playing games as I am really hungry and want to play football. Coming here would give me good experience and that is what I am receiving now.”

The majority of Watford’s signings this summer have come through the Pozzo-connection and their pool of players, but the signing of Chalobah was Gianfranco Zola’s.

When he was asked how far Chalobah can go recently, Zola replied: “He can go as high as he wants to. He has all the qualities to become a top player but he just needs to work hard every day and not lose the desire to work hard in training.

“The common mistake for players of his age, when they play and are having compliments like I am giving him right now, is to stop learning.

“It is too early; he has the potential but he has to really keep his feet on the ground and work hard.”

Based on our brief chat with Chalobah, it doesn’t seem like that will be a problem.

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1:08pm Fri 12 Oct 12

bushey tales says...

We've done so well over the last ten years, playing the domestic loan market with the likes of Ben Foster, Danny Webber, Chris Eagles and Jack Cork followed by Cleverley, Lansbury, Mutch, Kightly and Co but this bloke looks like he could be right up there with the best of them. Well done whoever persuaded Chelsea that he could do with a few months of regular first team football.
We've done so well over the last ten years, playing the domestic loan market with the likes of Ben Foster, Danny Webber, Chris Eagles and Jack Cork followed by Cleverley, Lansbury, Mutch, Kightly and Co but this bloke looks like he could be right up there with the best of them. Well done whoever persuaded Chelsea that he could do with a few months of regular first team football. bushey tales
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1:16pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Bush Hornet says...

My Watford slippers have pretty much worn down now. Got them at least 12 years ago. Man I loved those slippers, can't bring myself to throw them out.
My Watford slippers have pretty much worn down now. Got them at least 12 years ago. Man I loved those slippers, can't bring myself to throw them out. Bush Hornet
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2:06pm Fri 12 Oct 12

holtonian says...

It is clear to see that Nathan can be a giant of a player his qualities shine already for one so young. I believe he is only on loan untill January, i just hope Gianfranco can get this extended untill the end of the season.
It is clear to see that Nathan can be a giant of a player his qualities shine already for one so young. I believe he is only on loan untill January, i just hope Gianfranco can get this extended untill the end of the season. holtonian
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2:34pm Fri 12 Oct 12

AngelHornet says...

He'll be here until the end of the season. Quietly confident!
He'll be here until the end of the season. Quietly confident! AngelHornet
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10:04pm Fri 12 Oct 12

goldenboy1993 says...

So far one of the stand out players at watford this year, really think if we can pull it together this year we could make a push for promotion
So far one of the stand out players at watford this year, really think if we can pull it together this year we could make a push for promotion goldenboy1993
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12:26am Sat 13 Oct 12

KeithMercer says...

bushey tales wrote:
We've done so well over the last ten years, playing the domestic loan market with the likes of Ben Foster, Danny Webber, Chris Eagles and Jack Cork followed by Cleverley, Lansbury, Mutch, Kightly and Co but this bloke looks like he could be right up there with the best of them. Well done whoever persuaded Chelsea that he could do with a few months of regular first team football.
A few duds in there bushey, you need to take them yellow tinted spectacles off !
I agree with Foster,Cleverley, Mutch and kightly had a few good games. The others I would have to say the jury is out.
And if you really do not know who persuaded Chelsea to send us young Nathan then I rest my case .
Nuff said !
[quote][p][bold]bushey tales[/bold] wrote: We've done so well over the last ten years, playing the domestic loan market with the likes of Ben Foster, Danny Webber, Chris Eagles and Jack Cork followed by Cleverley, Lansbury, Mutch, Kightly and Co but this bloke looks like he could be right up there with the best of them. Well done whoever persuaded Chelsea that he could do with a few months of regular first team football.[/p][/quote]A few duds in there bushey, you need to take them yellow tinted spectacles off ! I agree with Foster,Cleverley, Mutch and kightly had a few good games. The others I would have to say the jury is out. And if you really do not know who persuaded Chelsea to send us young Nathan then I rest my case . Nuff said ! KeithMercer
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1:35am Sat 13 Oct 12

bushey tales says...

I apologise. You and 'Young Nathan' are clearly on first name terms........
I apologise. You and 'Young Nathan' are clearly on first name terms........ bushey tales
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6:55pm Sun 14 Oct 12

JoeWFC_12 says...

Chalobah has bags of potential! He is without a doubt one of our stand-out players we have brought under the new regime.

For 17yrs old, extremely comfortable, composed on the ball. Hoping we can extend that loan agreement beyond January.

Raheem Sterling seems to dominate the talk recently with regards to the rising youth but yet no mention anywhere of Chalobah.

To me, I am completely baffled by this but not surprised due to the fact that we are a Championship club, and media attention towards a bigger audience is extremely limited. I mean we get our 30 seconds of glory every week on the football league show don't we!

One thing I am hoping for is a big premiership draw in the FA Cup.

This will put the new era Watford on the map, and give the likes of Vydra, Abdi, Foresttieri, Chalobah and co, the ideal opportunity to show a bigger audience what they and the new Watford are about!

Credit to the Observer for this great article, and giving Chalobah the spotlight he so much deserves.

Onwards and upwards continuing with Peterborough Saturday. Keep the faith
Chalobah has bags of potential! He is without a doubt one of our stand-out players we have brought under the new regime. For 17yrs old, extremely comfortable, composed on the ball. Hoping we can extend that loan agreement beyond January. Raheem Sterling seems to dominate the talk recently with regards to the rising youth but yet no mention anywhere of Chalobah. To me, I am completely baffled by this but not surprised due to the fact that we are a Championship club, and media attention towards a bigger audience is extremely limited. I mean we get our 30 seconds of glory every week on the football league show don't we! One thing I am hoping for is a big premiership draw in the FA Cup. This will put the new era Watford on the map, and give the likes of Vydra, Abdi, Foresttieri, Chalobah and co, the ideal opportunity to show a bigger audience what they and the new Watford are about! Credit to the Observer for this great article, and giving Chalobah the spotlight he so much deserves. Onwards and upwards continuing with Peterborough Saturday. Keep the faith JoeWFC_12
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