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Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby Town, Player Ratings: Reece James delivers Man of the Match debut

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Community player ratings from Chelsea’s emphatic League Cup third round win over League Two opposition

1. REECE JAMES (8.8)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 93
Passes: 59*/69
Shots: 1*/1
Take-ons: 1/2
Tackles+INTs: 1+1

Reece James’ long-awaited Chelsea senior debut did not disappoint. The 19-year-old dominated the right flank all game, both in attack and defense. While all of these ratings should be prefaced with a “Grimsby Town may be in the fourth division, but...”, James is clearly ready to push on to bigger and better things and provide long-needed competition at right back.

2. BILLY GILMOUR (8.2)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 102
Passes: 89/96
Tackles: 1
Aerial duels won: 1

The former jewel of Rangers’ academy, Billy G impressed during preseason (alongside fellow less-heralded Academy teenager Ian Maatsen), but after Wednesday, neither should be flying under your radar, especially the diminutive midfielder earning everyone’s praises, including the boss, Frank Lampard, and fellow midfield maestro Cesc Fàbregas.

3. MICHY BATSHUAYI (7.9)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 38
Passes: 18*/24
Shots: 2**/5
Take-ons: 2/3
Fouls drawn: 3
Tackles: 1

Practically a dinosaur in the lineup at age 25, Michy tends to deliver in domestic Cup matches, and Wednesday night was no different with a brace as well as an assist to lead the line. He now has 13 goals (and 3 assists) in 19 FA and League Cup appearances combined since joining Chelsea in 2016.


vs. GRIMSBY TOWN (LC, H, W 7-1)

EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —

EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): James (8.8), Gilmour (8.2)

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Batshuayi (7.9), Zouma (7.6), Hudson-Odoi (7.5), Barkley (7.3), Maatsen (7.1, sub), Guehi (7.0), Pedro (7.0)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Anjorin (6.9, sub), Alonso (6.7), Caballero (6.7), Pulisic (6.6)

POOR (5.0-5.9): —

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


OVERALL

(This is still the picture from the previous games; will update shortly)