This is why Chelsea prospect has yet to make his debut - Burnley man

Nathaniel Chalobah

Nathaniel Chalobah has yet to appear for the Clarets since joining on loan from Chelsea.

The young midfielder is one of the highest rater prospects in English football, and a loan spell in the Premier League should be a key part of his development.

Following spells in the Championship with Watford, where he impressed as a 17-year-old, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, Chalobah, now 19, has made the progression into the top flight, as he looks to make an impact upon the Blues first-team.

The 19-capped England Under-21 international was on international duty when the short-term loan to Turf Moor was completed, returning just two days before the Clarets fixture with Crystal Palace. Whilst missing that fixture made sense, with Chalobah still a newcomer to Sean Dyche’s team, the youngster was not in the matchday squad for Saturday’s game at home to Sunderland, whilst fellow loanee Michael Keane - who also arrived on deadline day from Manchester United - made the substitutes bench.

With a third successive 0-0 draw proving the aptitude of the Clarets defensive unit, it is hard to see how the technicality of Chalobah will fit into the first-team, but Dyche has given an explanation for his absence from the team.

The promising coach told the Lancashire Telegraph: “We’re just bringing him up to speed with the way that we work physically.

“He’s getting used to the group.”

Dyche is well known for his physical training methods, with intense fitness a key component of his style of play, and he clearly does not feel as if Chalobah has yet to reach the standards required for his starting XI.

He added: "He’s a young man learning his trade – I mentioned that when he came in with Michael – so that’s all it is.”

Despite having yet made an impact at Turf Moor, the Blues youngster will be hoping to be involved on Sunday, as Burnley travel to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion.

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