1. JORGINHO (8.0)
Fouls drawn: 3
I don’t think we’re in
Kansas Sarri-ball anymore. A starting midfield pivot of Jorginho and Ross Barkley was surely nobody’s idea of a good time, but while the latter struggled at both ends of the pitch, the former more than pulled his weight. In a performance eclipsing even the Europa League final, his previous finest hour for Chelsea, Jorginho was here, there, everywhere, pressing high, defending deep, passing short, passing long, and even back on penalty kick duty! It was a performance worthy of the praise lavished on him by Frank Lampard, for both his technical and leadership skills.
2. FIKAYO TOMORI (7.9)
Aerial duels won: 2
Tomori was ever-present for Lampard at Derby County last season, and he’s made the step up the Premier League level without losing a beat. It’s truly impressive from the 21-year-old, on and off the ball, and he’s presumably only getting started.
3. WILLIAN (7.2)
Scorer of the goal that made sure of the three points, Willian just edges out Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen for the last spot on the podium. That’s now three consecutive starts for him in the Premier League, evidently rising to the top of the pecking order at winger.
vs. BRIGHTON (PL, H, W 2-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Jorginho (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Tomori (7.9), Willian (7.2), Mount (7.2), Christensen (7.2), Arrizabalaga (7.0), Hudson-Odoi (7.0, sub)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Azpilicueta (6.8), Abraham (6.8), Alonso (6.6), Kovačić (6.5, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Batshuayi (5.9, sub), Pedro (5.8), Barkley (5.3)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —