|1. DIEGO COSTA - FC||9.8|
In what was quite likely the most lopsided vote since Sepp Blatter ran for reelection unopposed, Diego Costa trounced the competition on his way to a best-ever rating in the two-year history the WAGNH community ratings vote. Costa's 9.8 just edges both of Hazard's 9.7s from last season. Over 80% of responders gave Diego a perfect 10. Even the trolls had a hard time with this one, with only a handful of ratings below 6.
The only problem, really, is that there is no way that Costa can maintain this torrid pace that has done more than anything since The Da Vinci Code to bring the Fibonacci sequence back into pop culture. 1,1,2,3 - I'm sorry, Man City, he's going to score 5 against you next weekend. You can't argue with science.
|2. EDEN HAZARD - AML, AMR, FL||8.6|
Outside of Chelsea's equalizer at the end of the first half, Hazard directly contributed to every other Chelsea goal in the game.
It was his interplay with Fàbregas that unlocked the Swans' defense for the second goal; it was his layoff to Ramires that set up the Brazilian's shass of an assist for Costa's hat-trick; and it was his tremendous cutting run that led the charge for Chelsea's fourth. Three secondary assists (hockey assists, if you will) and countless displays of the Hazardian magic that we've come to know and love. And unlike on many occasions during his first two Chelsea seasons, we had players on hand to finish off the chances he helped to create. What a difference that can make!
Special shout out to the five shots taken, too. If we can continue to supply Costa with goals AND get shooting opportunities for our attacking midfielders as well (Oscar had five shots, too), we're going to be in great shape this season.
|3. CESC FÀBREGAS - MC||8.3|
Blocks + INTs1
Almost as impressive as Costa's 7 goals in his first 4 Chelsea games have been, Fàbregas's 6 assists in his first 4 Chelsea games (2 in this one alone) have certainly justified the decision to bring the ex-Barcelona and ex-Arsenal man to the Blues.
Questions remain about his defense, especially when playing with just a surprisingly subpar Nemanja Matic as a midfield partner. But unleashed in a 4-3-3 (thanks, Ramires!), Cesc was a changed player in the second half and ran the show, missing with just one of his 40 or so passes.
Courtois (6.6), Azpillicueta (6.9), Terry (5.5), Cahill (6.1), Ivanović (7.1), Matić (6.4), Oscar (7.2), Schürrle (5.2)
Ramires (7.8), Rémy (7.8), Salah (6.6)