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Praise for new Watford midfielder from his former Chelsea coach

Ex-Coach On Chalobah | “Astute, Studious & Focused”

By Kevin Affleck

One of Nathaniel Chalobah's former coaches believes the midfielder has found the perfect new home at Vicarage Road.

Dermot Drummy worked with Chalobah in his role as coach of Chelsea's Academy and Chelsea Reserves and was delighted to see his former protege join the Hornets on a five-year deal.

"Watford is absolutely perfect for Nathaniel," Drummy told

"Watford is a great club, a family club, and Nathaniel will know he's appreciated and wanted there. It was one million per cent the right decision for him to move on from Chelsea. He's done his time there."

Drummy, who managed Crawley Town last season, feels Watford are signing a fine young man as well as an accomplished midfield player. 

"He's a top lad," said Drummy, "very astute, very studious and very focused. He's a good listener and is easy to coach.

"We played him centre half and midfield but he's established himself now as a midfielder. He has the ability and the football intelligence to play the same role as Michael Carrick."

Drummy said Chalobah wasn't always the complete midfielder and that he had one area in particular he needed to work on.  

"He was obviously very highly thought of in the Academy," said Drummy.

"He had good shape and good technical ability but in terms of aggression he was very mild. I remember subbing him a few times in youth team games as he wasn't doing enough to tackle and win the ball back. Sometimes he'd look at me like I was from another planet!

"More recently, he's worked on that and matured into a very fine, intelligent and articulate young man and player. I wish him all the best."

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