1. BILLY GILMOUR (8.8)
Gilmour continues to be so good that he gets Man of the Match even without the pure stats to show for it (which just underlines how inadequate the publicly available statistics in football still are).
In any case, Gilmour’s the real deal, that much seems certain. The more interesting question is, what happens now and how long can he keep it going? He should get plenty of opportunities this season certainly, with Jorginho still suspended for the next two games (one Premier League and one Champions League), and with the severity of Mateo Kovačić’s Achilles injury still unknown.
This was one of the topics we talked about on this weekend’s episode of the London is Blue Podcast, who were kind enough to invite me back on for the first time in a while. It was a fun episode to record, just as it always is when we hang out, so give it a listen, will ya?
New Pod ft @D_Peezy— London Is Blue Podcast (@LondonBluePod) March 9, 2020
After Chelsea played Everton off the pitch, we discussed:
• One Billy Gilmour’s rise
• Late season impact by key veterans
• Mr. Reliable, Mason Mount
• PL debuts
• Race for top four
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2. MASON MOUNT (8.5)
Mason Mount doesn’t quite have the luxury of assessment that Gilmour gets, so he needs a goal sometimes to truly get acknowledged for all the things he does on the pitch — which go far beyond just goals and assists, as both he and Frank Lampard have talked this season.
And I’m pretty sure Mount’s done it on a bum ankle pretty much the whole time, so hopefully that didn’t get re-aggravated just before he was given his well-deserved early exit by the head coach.
3. ROSS BARKLEY (8.4)
Barkley hammered in a goal against Liverpool, but this was a much more well-rounded, a much more comprehensive, and a much more useful performance overall. Chelsea’s midfield absolutely dominated Everton’s, and all three of these guys had massive parts to play in that. Can Barkley keep this up? Many have asked that question throughout his career already. Maybe this time the answer will be yes?
vs. EVERTON (PL, H, W 4-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Gilmour (8.8), Mount (8.5), Barkley (8.4), Pedro (8.3), Giroud (8.1), Willian (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Azpilicueta (7.3), Arrizabalaga (7.3), Rüdiger (7.1)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Alonso (6.9), James (6.9, sub), Zouma (6.4), Broja (6.1, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Anjorin (5.9, sub)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —