1. REECE JAMES (8.4)
Aerial duels won: 3
Chelsea’s youth revolution this season has been keyed by, first and foremost, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, but in this game, with those two rested and the former not even in the matchday squad, two of the youngest budding homegrown superstars led the way instead. That the two teenagers are (can be) this good already should fill us with tremendous confidence, anticipation, and expectation for the (hopefully many) years ahead. Reece was so good in this game, he beat out Hudson-Odoi, who had one of the goals and set up the other! This generation is going places, and hopefully we have our front row tickets to that already in hand.
Blessing your timeline with 1:22 seconds of Reece James crosses. pic.twitter.com/0KOZi70Lez— Will Dubey (@DubeyWill) January 6, 2020
2. CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (8.1)
Fouls drawn: 2
Hudson-Odoi had a breakout game in this exact same fixture last year, so just as the matchup repeated to start this calendar year, hopefully Hudson-Odoi’s form takes off as well. We certainly could use his incisiveness and cutting edge in the final third.
3. FIKAYO TOMORI (7.1)
Aerial duels won: 2
The most quiet and least hyped member of the youth revolution continues his solid season. Fun fact: Tomori’s the only player to have started all six of Chelsea’s clean sheets in all competitions this season (Brighton, Newcastle, Ajax, Palace, Spurs, Forest).
vs. NOTTINGHAM FOREST (FAC, H, W 2-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): James (8.4), Hudson-Odoi (8.1)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Tomori (7.1)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Christensen (6.9), Jorginho (6.7), Barkley (6.6), Caballero (6.6), Lamptey (6.4, sub), Kovačić (6.3), Mount (6.2, sub), Pedro (6.0), Emerson (6.0)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): Batshuayi (4.4)
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —