Sean Dyche and Burnley have added to their squad on the transfer deadline day by signing Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah on loan until January, reports Sky Sports. The England Under-21 international has joined the Turf Moor side in search of more first-team opportunities in the Premier League.
Chalobah is yet to appear within the senior squad at Chelsea, but he has built a considerable reputation within the Blues’ youth ranks. The versatile player has been a part of two FA Youth Cup-winning sides, and has established himself above his piers within similar age groups.
The 19 year old is still relatively inexperienced, although he has completed loan spells at Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough before now. A spell with Burnley should provide Chalobah with his first taste of Premier League action, however, which Chelsea hope will better prepare him for an induction into their first team.
Chalobah could become an important, industrious feature within the Burnley line-up. He can play at centre-half or centre-midfield, and has proven himself as a strong presence with good aerial ability. The Clarets might hope to extend the loan deal in January, depending upon how well the Chelsea man has performed for their side until then.
The youngster comes into the Burnley fold on the same day as George Boyd from Hull City. Dyche has been relatively reserved with his spending of Burnley’s limited funds until now, but supporters will hope that players such as Boyd and Chalobah can fit into their system quickly this season.