Gianfranco Zola has heaped praise on Watford loanee Nathaniel Chalobah.

The versatile 17-year old, on loan from Chelsea, made his first start for the Championship club in the weekend's 2-2 draw with Bristol City and ex-Blues ace Zola was thrilled to give him a full 90 minutes.

"I thought for 25 minutes, or 30 minutes, he was quite outstanding," Watford boss Zola told the Watford Observer.

"His performance was really top class and he played well when he also went to the back.

"He is a player that if he maintains the right attitude and keeps working and focusing on learning then he could really become an important player. He can go as high as he wants to."

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