Chalobah: Clubs must give youngsters more opportunities

Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah believes clubs need to be brave and give young players more opportunities in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at Chelsea but was never afforded a chance to prove himself at the top level, instead he was loaned out to six different clubs between 2012 and 2016.

Chalobah was eager to end the run of loan spells and in July of this year completed his permanent transfer to Watford, where he has signed a five-year deal and already earned three Premier League starts.

“Everyone knows Chelsea is very difficult,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “Chelsea is a world-class club with world-class players, it was difficult for me to get in the team.

“As always I tried to stay focused and concentrated. Chelsea is in the past now.

“There’s a lot of pressure on winning games and sometimes to chuck a youngster in is not an easy decision for the manager. But I felt I gave my best when I was there.

“Now I’ve moved to Watford I’ve got the opportunity to try to showcase myself. I think there’s a lot of good young English players.

“It is very difficult being young, there’s a lot of pressure. Clubs have to be brave to play young players. It’s the only way to gain experience.”

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