1. TIMO WERNER (8.8)
Turbo Timo had a fantastic day by any measure, scoring his first two Premier League goals, and then setting up Chelsea’s third, each one more spectacular then the next. He showed great strength and invention on his second goal, to collect Jorginho’s pass and chip the goalkeeper, but Werner’s first goal should be taught in striker school for how to show for the ball and lose the defender on your back without even touching the ball. (And of course the finish wasn’t bad either, low and hard after losing a couple more defenders.)
2. KAI HAVERTZ (6.8)
Havertz was nearly just as fantastic, especially in the first half, as he ran the show in what was almost a free role in the center, but also part of a very fluid attacking band. It is most unfortunate that his turnover directly led to Southampton’s first goal, which did knock a ton of wind out of our sails, almost on the stroke of half-time. But, he did make up for that error with the goal to restore our lead, which should’ve been enough.
3. CHRISTIAN PULISIC (6.5)
Pulisic didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet in his first start of the season, but he looks fully recovered from the hamstring injury and his presence made a huge difference in how well and how smoothly the offense flowed. That he, Werner, and Havertz could combine as precisely as they did on Chelsea’s third in just their first game together should bode well for our (attacking) future.
Now we just have to sort the defense and midfield and ....
vs. SOUTHAMPTON (PL, H, D 3-3)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Werner (8.8)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): —
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Havertz (6.8), Pulisic (6.5), Chilwell (6.4), Jorginho (6.2)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Kanté (5.9), Mount (5.5), Azpilicueta (5.4), Ziyech (5.4, sub), James (5.1, sub), Abraham (5.0, sub)
BAD (4.0-4.9): Christensen (4.6), Zouma (4.5)
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): Arrizabalaga (3.3)
ALONSO-SO (1.0-2.9): —