The Chalobah brothers Nathaniel and Trevoh Chalobah (pictured above) have both happy with their development at Premier League club Chelsea FC as they sat down to clarified the early stages of their career. (Photo Credit chelseafc.com)
The duo was born in Sierra Leone; they arrived in England at a young age.
Elder brother Chalobah, 21, who made his Chelsea first-team debut on 20 September 2016, when he came off the bench to replace Michy Batshuayi in the 79th minute of a 4–2 win over Leicester City, has been a good example to his younger brother.
His younger Trevoh (above right), who recently signed his first professional contract at Chelsea, at age 16 played an integral role in the club’s Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League successes last term and also skippered the England’s Under-17 side at this summer’s European Championships.
The Blues brothers were speaking about how they started playing football up to professional level.
When asked who was better as a kid, Trevor was quick to acknowledges his elder brother (Chalobah) was ahead of him.
“Probably Nathaniel was better!’ Trevoh told club’s website.
‘But he’s catching up,’ Nathaniel responds. ‘We would play together in the garden and on the estate where we grew up. When we were younger I tried to protect him a bit when we played with the bigger boys, tried to make sure he didn’t get hurt. But as he grew up, and I could see he could handle it, I just let him play.’
Trevoh maintained he only started taking playing football seriously after his elder brother signed for Chelsea.
“I only really started playing football because he was playing. It was a bit of fun for me. But when he got signed I started taking it more seriously and playing football at school. That’s what made me want to play the sport.
‘I always played with the older boys. They were a lot bigger, but I liked it. It was more of a challenge and it’s helped me at Chelsea, especially playing in older age groups as I do.’
Trevoh, 17, has started all seven of Chelsea’s development squad matches so far this season, including the win over Tottenham
When they were growing up, Nathaniel explains, ‘it was all about street cred’. Who could do the most skills, nutmegs, that sort of thing. ‘Could you make your opponent look like a fool?’
Now everything is geared towards developing as a player and as a person and winning. Nathaniel says the staff, the training and the facilities have always been top class in the club’s Academy, adding that he thinks the connection between coaches and players is even closer these days.