Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah admits older brother Nathaniel Chalobah has been a huge influence on his career.
Nathaniel also came through the Cobham ranks and is currently playing across south-west London at Fulham.
“I looked up to Nathaniel a lot growing up,” said Trevoh to Chelsea’s website. “Having an older brother who’s played in the Premier League, played for a lot of good teams and been at Chelsea as well, it’s great for me to have someone there who’s done it and who’s currently there.
“Not many footballers have that but I can always just learn from him and I watch almost every game of his to keep tabs. We speak all the time, it’s always been like that, whether I’ve been on loan or at Chelsea.
“We talk on FaceTime after every game, asking how things went and what we need to improve. I’m really fortunate to have an older brother who can help me like that.”
Four-and-a-half years his senior, Nathaniel’s advice and support have been vital to Trevoh over the years, particularly after the pair lost their mother six months before the younger sibling started as a scholar at Chelsea.
“We used to always go down the park and play with our friends and the community, even if it was just in the cage near our house,” he continued. “Everywhere he went, I went as well, so that’s where I learned a lot from him.
“With the boys round our area, we’d all gather together and just play in the cage, no matter how old you were. I’d play against 26-year-olds and I was just a baby back then. It was all about the love of the game growing up, just a group of us trying to enjoy the game and spending some time with each other.
“When I was in the younger age groups in the Academy, I used to go over and play with him. We’d get the train in together and arrive early to do extra practice. We used the indoor dome next to the first team building to do extra skills and passing, stuff like that.
“The dream was always to play together but some things don’t go the way you planned. We’re still in a great position from where we were before to where we are now, playing in the Premier League for two good clubs. It’s crazy how far we’ve come together.”