Thomas Tuchel says young defender Trevoh Chalobah has been impressive since returning from his loan spell in France.

The German was given his verdict to the club’s website on individual players ahead of whittling his squad down to a manageable number for the coming season.

Chalobah, who made 29 appearances for Ligue 1 side Lorient took his opportunity well early in pre-season and retained his place as the more senior players returning.

He showed agility and maturity during the club matches in The Mind Series against the Gunners and Spurs. But competition in the team is only getting tougher as more players arrive back at Cobham from holiday. 

“I knew him of course from Lorient, and Chalo did very well in the pre-season,’ Tuchel told the club’s website. “We wanted to continue with the back three, so there was some space in the back until Zouma and Toni arrived, and now there was one space left.”

“With the arrival of Thiago, Andreas, Reece, and Azpi, there’s huge competition for him, but he did very well in both games. Now, and it’s within his potential and his limits. It was nice to see, and it was a good match for him.”

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