Loan Survivor: Nathaniel Chalobah Finally Makes His Chelsea Debut Four Long Years After Signing

Chris Wright

21st, September 2016

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Other than securing them a spot in the fourth round, Chelsea’s elongated 4-2 win over Leicester City in the EFL Cup last night was notable for another, entirely more momentous reason.

With 10 minutes of normal time left, Michy Batshuayi was taken off and replaced by Nathaniel Chalobah…

His entry into the fray represented Chalobah’s competitive Chelsea debut, having originally signed for the club way, way back in 2012.

The now-21-year-old midfielder had not made a single senior appearance for the Blues since that day four years ago – finding himself farmed out on loan season after season after season.

The magnitude of the substitution was not missed by the man he replaced…

Madness.

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