There are still a few more hours to go until Chelsea are back in action following the two-week international break, but a few Chelsea players already made their marks this weekend across Europe and England for their various loan teams.
Some were not surprising to see up in lights on the scoreboard. Tammy Abraham, for example, now has 50 league goals to his name, 45 (and counting) across two seasons in the Championship, plus 5 last season for Swansea City in the Premier League. The latest, which set Aston Villa on their way to a 2-1 victory yesterday, was as simple as they get, but being in the right place at the right time sure can be a useful skill for a striker.
Another simple finish was all that Mason Mount required to notch a goal on his belated return from injury for Frank Lampard’s Derby County. It is again the movement that makes the goal possible for the youngster — certainly reminiscent of his current head coach.
Mount would go on to add an assist and win a penalty as well as Derby smashed Rotherham, 6-1. Welcome back, Mason!
A division above, Kurt Zouma scored just his fourth goal in England, second for Everton, as the Toffees beat West Ham United. Zouma’s goal return has always struck me as a bit low for someone of his physical abilities, so it’s nice to see him put one away on a corner finally.
Someone who also should be scoring a lot more is Álvaro Morata, though in fairness he now has 6 goals for club and country in his last 7 appearances across all competitions. Morata’s latest was to salt away the win over Deportivo Alavés, which kept Atlético five points ahead of Real, who play today.
Is it Higuaín’s turn yet?
P.S.: In the almost-goal category, they don’t come much better than Reece James’s outstanding effort against Brentford in their 0-0 draw. James has been the lone highlight of Wigan’s season, and he certainly seems ready for bigger and better things.