|1. CESC FÀBREGAS||9.0|
Fàbregas keeps producing whenever called upon and that's a fantastic option to have either off the bench or, on the odd occasion, from the start of a game.
As mentioned a few times now, the biggest drawback, really, to starting Cesc is not having him available off the bench if we need to change the game late. That turned out not to matter against Swansea, though it looked iffy for a minute there in the second half when the second goal didn't seem to be coming. Then again, with a bit more luck, Cesc would've had a hat-trick by himself, so perhaps that's an unfounded worry. Either way, it worked out great.
Another thing to note is that 9 of Fàbregas's 10 rated starts have scored a 7.5 or higher, and have also been wins. The only blip was that Arsenal loss (with the match against Bristol Rovers not subject to ratings). Whatever the method behind picking and choosing Matić or Fàbregas, it seems to be working and bringing out the best in either.
|2. N'GOLO KANTÉ||8.4|
What is left to say about Kanté at this point? His old team are heading for relegation (following their recently sacked head coach Claudio Ranieri out of the Premier League exit door); meanwhile, he's heading for back-to-back Premier League titles.
As much as Fàbregas dominated in possession, Kanté dominated out of possession, enabling the former by constantly winning the ball back, keeping the ball moving, and maintaining possession. It's a slightly more focused role than when he's partnered with Matić, but he's been massively successful in either setup.
Here's the tweet/GIF that's been making the rounds to sum up Kanté's game, but while it's impressive that he's basically tackling anything that movies, reducing him to just this (out of control) passage of play is really doing him a disservice. He is much more than just a ball-winner, even if he is one of the best ball-winners in the business.
Since being handed a first-team starting role due to Willian's bereavement leave, Pedro has started 19 of 23 matches in all competitions. He's averaged a rating of 7.7 in those 19 starts, which is on par with Chelsea's player of the season so far, Diego Costa.
That £20m gazumping of Manchester United sure looks better this season than last!
Courtois (7.0), Cahill (6.9), David Luiz (6.8), Azpilicueta (7.5), Alonso (7.2), Kanté (8.4), Fàbregas (9.0), Moses (7.2), Hazard (7.9), Costa (7.6), Pedro (8.3)
Matić (6.9), Willian (6.4), Zouma (6.5)