He reminds me of Van Dijk — Arsenal legend says of Chelsea defender

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Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah has won the hearts of many with his performance against Crystal Palace.

The 22-year-old made his Chelsea debut in the Super Cup game against Villarreal and gave a good account of himself. He took his game against Crystal Palace to another level, as he was stunning in the middle of the park.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed that Chalobah reminds him of Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

“Watching him against Arsenal [in pre-season] I was thinking, ‘wow, maybe it’s just a pre-season friendly he looks good’. I watched him against Villarreal [in the Super Cup] and I thought, ‘my god he’s really good’,” Wright said on Ringer FC’s Wrighty’s House podcast.

“You know what he reminded me of, not the same player, not the same stature, but the way Virgil Van Dijk when he played for Celtic, people said he’s just taking liberties just because he’s good and not in the same standard [as others]. I watched him play for Ipswich a couple of times where he played in that vain where you think I’d like to see him against better quality.

“Anything that Mateta or Zaha did he [Chalobah] dealt with it, but then his progression with the ball, getting forward with the ball, his tackling, the goal, the emotion.

“The emotion when you score a goal when you know its significant, the only one I can think of myself is coming on in that cup final against Manchester United and when I scored that goal I instantly burst into tears because the realisation of what just happened it hit me.”

Chalobah was linked with a loan exit this summer, but his performance has stunned Thomas Tuchel who’s considering keeping the young defender.

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