Rio Ferdinand revealed he was worried about Trevoh Chalobah prior to the transfer window closing.
The Blues have made an excellent start to the new season, only dropping points away to Liverpool when they were reduced to 10 men.
Defender Chalobah appears to have made a far greater impression on Tuchel though Ferdinand was worried about the 22-year-old’s prospects when Chelsea were chasing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
That deal never materialised, while Kurt Zouma was sold to West Ham, and Ferdinand now feels the situation is ripe for Chalobah to properly establish himself. Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube show:
"I was a bit worried for Chalobah, I’ve got to say. ‘I saw him play in the Super Cup and he was outstanding and I thought. “Yeah this is a good chance for him, this season could be a good one that he comes in and does well. Then I saw them bidding for Kounde… but then what was refreshing was that Zouma went. The fact they let Zouma go tells you they’ve got huge confidence in Chalobah and that he’s going to get game time this year.
"If Kounde had signed I’d have been worried. But he’ll get good game time this year, a chance to show his worth and really try to improve and get in that team. And I look forward to seeing it."