Thomas Tuchel may have unlocked secret weapon in Southampton win with instinctive star

Chelsea 3-1 Southampton: Picture highlights

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may have unearthed a secret weapon in Trevoh Chalobah following the defender’s goal in the 3-1 win over Southampton. Chalobah’s ‘instinctive’ header was his second league goal already this term.

The Blues rebounded from back-to-back defeats by toppling the Saints at Stamford Bridge to get their Premier League title assault back on track.

Chalobah opened the scoring before Chelsea were pegged back by James Ward-Prowse’s penalty. The Southampton skipper was dismissed shortly after, setting the stage for Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell to seal the points for Tuchel’s side.

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Although the German will be relieved to get back to winning ways, another majestic performance from Chalobah will leave him with much to ponder as Chelsea head into the winter months.

The academy graduate’s early season form has effectively seen him muscle his way into Tuchel’s side after a string of loan spells away from Stamford Bridge over the past few years.

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And now, BBC pundit Garth Crooks has backed the defender’s appetite for goals to keep him ahead in the race for a spot in Tuchel’s backline.

“I’m always fascinated by defenders who have a genuine appetite for goals,” said Crooks in his team of the week column. “Trevoh Chalobah scored a cracker against Crystal Palace earlier in the season but his goal against Southampton was particularly interesting.

“His movement away from the ball on the set-piece was instinctive. He knew exactly where the ball was going to fall. Most defenders know how to attack the ball especially in the air but few know how to read where it is likely drop in order to apply a timely finish. Chalobah does.”

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Intriguingly, it seems as though Chalobah’s goalscoring knack that has seen him become impossible for Tuchel to ignore when it comes to selecting players to keep them out at the other end.

His brave goal against the Saints is further proof that his early-season scorcher against Crystal Palace on his Premier League debut wasn’t just a one-off. He has slotted in seamlessly defensively too as the Blues continue to enhance their strong defensive record under the German.

It remains to be seen how his form will affect Chelsea’s transfer plans moving forward.

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The Blues were known to be in the market for a defender in the summer, although they failed to wrap up a deal for Sevilla centre half Jules Kounde – a move they’re expected to revisit in the future.

But Chalobah’s unexpected emergence may now deter Tuchel from revisiting a deal for the Frenchman and instead focus his attention elsewhere.

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