Nathaniel Nyakie Chalobah (born 12 December 1994) is an English professional footballer. He can operate both as a midfielder or defender and currently plays for Reading on loan from Chelsea.
Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Chalobah came through the Chelsea academy, having been there since his pre-teens. During the 2010–11 season he featured for Chelsea reserves while still a schoolboy, winning the national championship with the side that season. In 2011–12, Chalobah regularly captained both Chelsea's reserve and youth sides, and led the 2012 FA Youth Cup winning side. He signed a professional contract with Chelsea in January 2012 shortly after turning 17, lasting until summer 2014. He was an unused substitute for the Chelsea first-team at the age of 15, in their League Cup clash against Newcastle and traveled with them to the 2012 UEFA Champions League final in Munich, which Chelsea won. On 30 August 2013, Chalobah signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, stating that he wishes to stay at Chelsea for his entire career.
He made his England under-16 debut at the age of 13 in October 2008, and his England under-17 debut aged 14 in July 2009. He won the 2010 European Championship and later captaining the side at the age of 15. Chalobah made his England under-19 debut in September 2011., and went on to captain them until the 8th of November 2012 when he was called up to the England under-21 squad for a match against Northern Ireland. Chalobah made his England Under-21 debut on 13 November 2012, replacing Jordan Henderson in the 76th minute. Chalobah is also eligible for Sierra Leone.