1. REECE JAMES (7.7)
That’s two Man of the Match awards for Reece James in just as many starts, and in this one, he was just about the only Chelsea player to play up to his usual standards, if perhaps even a bit above them — and the only Chelsea player willing to consistently match the hosts’ physicality and intensity. His personal duel with Divey McDivarlison was a fun individual battle to keep an eye on.
With each successive outing, James is proving that he can handle both the attacking duties and the defensive duties of a modern fullback or wing-back. Now we just need others to match his level. Where we once needed 11 Azpilicuetas, we now need 11 Reece Jameses.
This was awarded as a free kick for Everton.... pic.twitter.com/jbEqJnksWJ— Dave (@CFC_P1ce) December 12, 2020
2. N’GOLO KANTÉ (6.7)
Chelsea may have lost the game, but our off-the-ball performance didn’t quite warrant that. The only goal we conceded came from a mistake, and not necessarily any sort of tactical error or individual shortcoming. We’ve become quite capable of nullifying opposition counters — while normally being able to post a danger at the other end, too — which in great part is due to Kanté’s return to form and his ability to mop up and control the midfield.
3. MASON MOUNT (6.3)
Another solid performance from Mount and on another day, he perhaps gets a bit luckier with his shooting and the ball goes in off the post rather than bounce off the base of it and out.
vs. EVERTON (PL, A, L 0-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): James (7.7)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Kanté (6.7), Mount (6.3), Zouma (6.2)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Kovačić (5.9), Silva (5.8), Chilwell (5.7), Gilmour (5.1, sub)
BAD (4.0-4.9): Mendy (4.9), Abraham (4.9, sub), Giroud (4.7), Werner (4.7)
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): Havertz (3.7)