Town Closing in on Chalobah Signing
Saturday, 23rd Jun 2018 16:24
Chelsea youngster Trevoh Chalobah looks increasingly likely to become new manager Paul Hurst’s first Town signing in the week ahead, TWTD having revealed that the Blues were targeting the 18-year-old on a season-long loan on Thursday.
As previously reported, centre-half or central midfielder Chalobah was at Playford Road on Tuesday for a look around and to meet Hurst with the clubs having spent the last few days tying up the formalities relating to the switch.
Barring anything unexpected, we understand the deal should be completed in time for Chalobah to join up with the Blues squad during the week ahead, in which pre-season training gets under way, and then take part in the training camp in Alicante, Spain in the first week of July.
Hurst made a point of recruiting his loan players early on last summer ahead of Shrewsbury’s impressive 2017/18 League One campaign in order to get them firmly bedded into his squad before the season proper got under way.
Chalobah, the younger brother of Watford’s Nathaniel and an England U19s team-mate of Andre Dozzell, Tristan Nydam and Flynn Downes, is yet to make a senior appearance for Chelsea but was named among the subs for the FA Cup final in May.
He joined Chelsea as an U9 and has won numerous honours at academy level, including the UEFA Youth League in 2015/16, the FA Youth Cup (pictured above) the same season, as well as in 2016/17 when he also picked up an U18 Premier League winner's medal.
Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Chalobah, who can also operate at right-back, has been capped by England at U16, U17 and U19 levels.
He was a member of the squad which won the U19s European Championships last summer, alongside Dozzell, but missed the semi-final and final having suffered a knee injury in the final group game.
Last month, Chalobah was among the young England players Gareth Southgate invited to join his senior squad for training sessions at St George’s Park ahead of the World Cup finals.
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