1. N’GOLO KANTE (6.7)
Much of the focus of Chelsea’s season has been on the new signings and how to best integrate them with the budding stars of last season’s Youth Revolution, but we certainly shouldn’t overlook the impact that a healthy — knock on all the woods — N’Golo Kante has had on stabilizing this team, especially since his switch to a more purely defensive-oriented role at the base of midfield. Granted, Chelsea were not exactly stellar in controlling the midfield or preventing counters in this game, but Chelsea were not exactly stellar at doing anything in this game. It was a bad day in every regard, but Kante was the least bad, and, as ever, the most adorable of the bunch.
2. CHRISTIAN PULISIC (6.5)
Pulisic ditched the beard that must have been weighing down his hamstrings and he looked like the only really dangerous player on Chelsea for much of the first half, either on his own or combining with the likes of Chilwell and Mount, giving Wolves’ right back Nelson Semedo absolute fits. And then Lampard switched him to the right — a mystery wrapped in a riddle as to why — and Pulisic promptly disappeared.
3. OLIVIER GIROUD (6.5)
Chelsea may be less dynamic with Giroud at center forward, but he scored once again, and gave Chelsea a lead that we should’ve been able to make count with better play and better tactics. Giroud’s now tied with Werner as the club’s leading goal-scorer in all competitions. Over to you, Tammy Tam Tam.
vs. WOLVES (PL, A, L 1-2)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): —
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Kante (6.7), Pulisic (6.5), Giroud (6.5)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Chilwell (5.9), Silva (5.8), Zouma (5.7), Mount (5.5), Kovacic (5.4, sub), James (5.4), Mendy (5.4)
BAD (4.0-4.9): Abraham (4.8, sub)
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): Havertz (3.5), Werner (3.3)