Report: Chelsea prospect Nathaniel Chalobah set to leave Burnley in January

Nathaniel Chalobah

Nathaniel Chalobah is currently on loan at Burnley from Chelsea.

20-year-old Chalobah joined the Clarets on a half-season loan on September 1, signing with the Premier League newcomers until January 2, 2015.

There was an option in his contract to extend the deal until the close of the season if he was impressing, but, with just 66 minutes of action to his name across four substitute appearances, it is unlikely that Sean Dyche will be keeping the young midfielder at Turf Moor past the expiration of his deal.

The Clarets are light in the centre of the park, and when either of David Jones or Dean Marney are out injured, there are few natural replacements in the Lancashire club’s ranks. Chalobah should have been there to shoulder the midfield burden, but a number of injuries to himself have limited any potential impact he may have had.

Arriving at Turf Moor with an exceptional reputation following loan spells with Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, Chalobah’s lackadaisical style of play has failed to fit in with Dyche’s intense fitness system, and the Daily Star is reporting that the youngster will be on his way back to Stamford Bridge in January so Dyche can sign a replacement midfielder as he looks to guid his overachieving side to Premier League survival.

With first-team opportunities still limited in West London, the England Under-21 international will likely complete another loan away from Stamford Bridge during the transfer window, and there are sure to be a number of Championship and low-end Premier League clubs keen on securing the highly rated midfielder for the remainder of the season.

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