1. ETHAN AMPADU (8.1)
The most hyped 17-year-old at Chelsea since probably Josh McEachran, the possibilities are literally limitless for young Ethan Ampadu. He could be the next club legend — he’s about 10 months younger than John Terry was when he made his Premier League debut. Or he could be the next big thing that never was, like so many others before him. Only ten 17-year-old’s have made a Premier League appearance (I realize this was a League Cup match but data is more readily available for Premier League) for Chelsea and it’s hardly a list of Ballon d’Or winners: Jody Morris, Ben Sahar, McEachran, Robert Huth, Sam Hutchinson, Nathan Aké, Mikael Forssell, Anthony Grant, Jeffrey Bruma. If we look at cup competitions, too (this is all fairly recent times only), we can include Michael Woods, Dom Solanke, Joel Kitamirike, Scott Sinclair, and Dujon Sterling, too.
Point is, it’s important to keep realistic expectations.
2. ÁLVARO MORATA (7.5)
Morata’s weak clearing header ended up as the secondary assist for Bournemouth’s equalizer, but he more than made up for it with the winning goal.
3. WILLIAN (7.3)
Third straight start for Willian after months and months of being purely a backup, continuing his good form in front of goal as well (5 goals, 4 assists in the past month of games).
STARTERS: Caballero (6.8), Cahill (6.9), Ampadu (8.1), Rüdiger (7.1), Kenedy (7.0), Drinkwater (6.3), Fàbregas (6.2), Zappacosta (6.2), Pedro (6.2), Batshuayi (5.8), Willian (7.3)
SUBSTITUTES: Bakayoko (6.1), Hazard (7.2), Morata (7.5)