Defence or midfield: Chalobah reveals his preferred position

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Trevoh Chalobah can play multiple roles as the academy product can feature as a centre-back and as a defensive midfielder.

He started out as a centre-back in the Chelsea academy, but was featured in the defensive midfield position while on loan.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he sees the 22-year-old as a defender, although claims that he could try him out in the middle of the park.

In the games against Villarreal, Crystal Palace and Arsenal, Chalobah started out as a centre-back, and he impressed. Against Liverpool, he also featured in the defensive midfield position as Tuchel brought him on late in the game in place of Jorginho.

Chalobah slotted in seamlessly against the Reds, as ten men Blues held on for a point.

The 22-year-old has now revealed that he prefers playing as a centre-back even though he can slot in as a defensive midfielder.

“When I first went on loan to Ipswich I was a centre back, after playing there in the Academy, but going on loan is about adapting to different managers and they wanted me to play in midfield,” he told the official Chelsea website.

“It was the same at Huddersfield and Lorient, but 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.

“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.”

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