Trevoh Chalobah, 22, who has been with Chelsea since he was eight years old, made a surprise debut in Wednesday’s Uefa Super Cup victory over Villarreal after impressing Thomas Tuchel during pre-season.
On his Premier League debut on Saturday, he went one better. In a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, the center-back scooped up the ball in space, raced forward, and smashed in a screamer from 25 yards that clipped the inside of the post on its way in.
Speaking to newsmen after the match, he said, “I couldn’t believe it when the ball went in. I didn’t realize it had gone in until the crowd erupted in applause. It was a strange experience.”
Trevoh Chalobah was stunned after the ball went in, so he sunk to his knees and covered his face with his hands. His teammates mobbed him, and when they pulled him to his feet a few seconds later, he was still expressionless.
Most people were taken aback by Chalobah’s sudden rise, especially given Chelsea’s plethora of senior internationals and big-money signings in nearly every position.
Thiago Silva, a PSG legend with 98 caps for Brazil, and France international Kurt Zouma were both on the bench.
“I’m lost for words. It’s been an amazing week for me. I’ve been at this club since I was eight. Playing at Stamford Bridge where I have been watching a lot of games, being a ball boy, watching games with my family… finally playing here is amazing,” Chalobah said, “When I scored, I didn’t know what to do. I dropped to my knees. I was crying.”
“He gets all the praise and it’s well deserved. He’s had two excellent matches. It’s fantastic these things happen in sport. A perfect day for him. This is what everyone loves about football – a mix of famous players from abroad and quality players from the academy,” Tuchel told newsmen.