1. OLIVIER GIROUD (8.7)
So that’s 7 goals in his last 10 starts in all competitions now, which is a remarkable record for any striker at any age in any top competition. For Giroud to be doing that at 33 in the Best League In The World™ and its main Cup, it’s nothing short of extraordinary. Add in Giroud’s other abundant qualities that don’t always show up on the scoreboard, and it’s almost too good to believe.
Obviously, Chelsea have to adjust a bit in playing with a more static target man — which Lampard talked about in the post-match presser — and OG’s form will eventually take a turn for the worse, but until then, let’s keep buying our (virtual, socially distanced) tickets to the Giroudessaince Fair!
2. MASON MOUNT (8.6)
This is the 10th time Mount’s featured in the top three, and he joins Pulisic, Kovačić, James, Kanté, and Abraham in the double-digit club. But what sets Mount apart is that of those ten top-threes, he finished second eight (8!) times, which is far and away the most. I’m taking this as indication of his continuing (and increasing) importance to the team — not in the most obvious or flashiest of ways, but in a way that is still recognizable by most.
He’s been nearly ever-present (has appeared in 49 of Chelsea’s 51 games this season), and when he’s on like he was on Sunday, Chelsea are practically guaranteed a win. That may not be true, but it’s my narrative and I’m sticking to it.
3. MATEO KOVAČIĆ (8.2)
Just as Mount leads with the number of second places, Kovačić easily leads the team in number of third places, with seven (7). He’s also tied with Pulisic for the most total top-threes with 17. As much as Mount may be the bellwether of the team, Mateo’s quite possibly our Player of the Year — I know he is for me — simply by living up to the promise of his abilities and his CV (and staying healthy).
Kovačić has so much talent that he could fit into any sort of midfield on just about any team in the world. This wasn’t always apparent at Real Madrid and even last season under Sarri. There’s no doubt about it now.
vs. MANCHESTER UNITED (FAC, N, W 3-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Giroud (8.7), Mount (8.6), Kovačić (8.2), Azpilicueta (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): James (7.9), Alonso (7.6), Willian (7.6), Rüdiger (7.5), Zouma (7.5), Jorginho (7.2), Caballero (7.2)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Abraham (6.4, sub), Loftus-Cheek (6.1, sub), Pedro (6.0, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Hudson-Odoi (5.4, sub)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —