Nathaniel Chalobah completed a milestone 90 minutes when he played the whole of the FA Cup third round tie against Peterborough at the weekend, the first time he's done so in a Chelsea shirt since making the step up the first-team.
The midfielder was 'delighted' to get his chance after almost exclusively substitute appearances, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina were also involved as Chelsea fans finally begin to see more home-grown presence in the senior squad after years of dominance at youth level.
"It's unbelievable just to walk out and hear the noise from the crowd. I used to watch games at Stamford Bridge and now to walk out of the tunnel with the team is a great feeling," Chalobah told ChelseaTV.
"I’ve known Ola and Ruben for a long time so to see them on the pitch, and to play with them, is a great achievement not only for us but for the people who work so hard in the academy, the people who are trying to push the young players through," he added.
Now 22 years of age, Chalobah has had to wait patiently since captaining the 2012 FA Youth Cup winning side. He spent time on loan at four Championship clubs, as well as Burnley in the Premier League and even Napoli, but had still never played for Chelsea before Conte arrived.
Loftus-Cheek had been handed a debut as early as 2015 towards the end of the Premier League title winning season. Yet despite actually playing less regularly under Conte than he did last season under Jose Mourinho and later Guus Hiddink, the 20-year-old seems very happy with the boss.
"[Conte] always helps me in training and playing different positions is only going to help my knowledge of the game. I’m getting my development in training with him," the young star said.
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