Young Chelsea talent Trevoh Chalobah admitted that he prefers to play as a defender despite being versatile enough to play in midfield if the manager asks him to
Last month, Thomas Tuchel clarified that he sees the 22-year-old as one of his centre-back options, but also as a potential fourth-choice midfielder.
Unsurprisingly, Chalobah featured in midfield at Anfield last week, replacing Jorginho in the second half.
At that point, Tuchel did not have many options, though, particularly after N’Golo Kante’s first-half injury.
While Saul Niguez, who joined from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan deal, has now likely filled that backup midfielder role, Chalobah’s versatility could still prove useful for Chelsea this season.
Saul, as he himself put it, is a box-to-box midfielder. Tuchel will certainly appreciate having a more defensive-minded midfield option in Chalobah.
In a Q&A session with the club, Chalobah explained how he had to play in different positions, including midfield, during his three-season loan journey at Ipswich Town, Huddersfield Town, and Lorient.
But his preferred position has always been in the defensive line.
“I had in the back of my head that I want to be a centre-back, and I showed that this pre-season in the games I played,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“I can fill out a role in the midfield as well if needed, it’s good to have that versatility and for a manager to have options.
“To play in midfield you need to be good on the ball and that’s one of my main things.
“But obviously you need that at the back as well here, being comfortable on the ball, aiming to play out through the likes of Jorginho and Kante.”