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Chelsea 3-0 Burnley, Player Ratings: Back-to-back Man of the Match awards for Reece James

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s home league win on Saturday

Chelsea FC v Burnley FC - Premier League Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

1. REECE JAMES (8.6)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 92
Passes: 48*/59
Shots: 1*/3
Tackles+Blocks: 2+1

Second Man of the Match for Reece James in just as many weekends, and this one even more impressive than his outing against second division Nottingham Forest’s B-side. This time James was also rewarded with an assist, when Tammy Abraham nodded in one of the many picture-perfect crosses in from the right side. If Tammy can do that consistently, he will be hitting his goal-scoring targets in no-time. With strong play at either end of the pitch, James looks to be the real deal, indeed.


Minutes: 90
Touches: 69
Passes: 36/46
Shots: 1*/1
Take-ons: 1/3
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 3+1+1

Speaking of the real deal, Hudson-Odoi may have finally overcome whatever was holding him back for the first half of the season — be that physical or mental (or both) following recovery from the scary Achilles injury. It’s only been a couple games, and the key, as ever, with youth is consistency, so like all the youth, we must keep our feet on the ground, keep working hard, keep reasonable expectations, and the rewards will come.


Minutes: 90
Touches: 32
Passes: 10/16
Shots: 2*/4
Take-ons: 1/2
Blocks: 2
Aerial duels won: 3

Completing the Academy trio on the podium is the big man up top, who scored his 13th goal of the league campaign — and not a single one of those has come from the penalty spot, which makes him second only to Jamie Vardy and Danny Ings (both 14) in that category. Tammy scored 26 goals in 40 league starts for Villa last season. He’s on 13 in 20 for Chelsea, despite stepping up a division. Well done; let’s see another 13 (or more) in the next 20!

vs. BURNLEY (PL, H, W 3-0)


EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): James (8.6), Hudson-Odoi (8.1)

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Abraham (7.7), Willian (7.4), Jorginho (7.3), Barkley (7.3), Azpilicueta (7.2), Christensen (7.1), Rüdiger (7.1), Mount (7.1)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Arrizabalaga (6.9)

POOR (5.0-5.9):

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


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