Date of birth
An England U21s international, Chalobah joined Reading on a loan deal midway through the 2014/15 season, having spent the first half on loan with Premier League side Burnley.
Born in Sierra Leone, he moved to England in 2005 to join Chelsea’s Academy. He progressed through the ranks, featuring in the reserve side that won their national championships during the 2010/11 season.
The following year, he was regularly a captain of the youth side that won the 2012 FA Youth Cup and signed a professional contract with the Blues prior to doing so.
For the 2012/13 Championship season Chalobah joined up with Watford. He made 42 appearances for the Hornets and scored five times, helping them to reach the Play-off final against Crystal Palace at Wembley.
A change of colours saw the Chelsea midfielder embark on a loan spell to Nottingham forest for the start of the resulting season. He played 7(+5) games before again swapping shirts, but not colours, as he sported the red of Middlesbrough for the second half of that campaign.
Starting out last season with newly promoted top flight outfit Burnley, Chalobah came to Madejski Stadium in January and signed on loan for Steve Clarke’s Royals side – the manager also toiled his Chelsea connections to acquire another Blue’s loanee Nathan Aké.
Chalobah made 20 starts for Reading across the league and cups during a four month stay. His goal against Sheffield Wednesday on his Madejski debut was voted as the fans’ third placed goal of the season behind strikes from Simon Cox and Garath McCleary.