1. CHRISTIAN PULISIC (8.7)
Most everybody played well in this one, sans the four subs, but Christian Pulisic still floated to the top as the cream of the crop, setting a WAGNH Community Player Ratings record in the process.
This was his fifth straight Man of the Match from your votes, something not once accomplished in the nearly seven-year history of these ratings (2013-). Considering that those seven years encompass all but one season of Eden Hazard’s Chelsea career, that’s a feat certainly worth noting from the 21-year-old sensation.
Hazard, unsurprisingly, came close, with a couple four-match streaks. Juan Mata had one, Willian, too. Diego Costa once had 4-in-5 and Hazard once had a 6-in-7. Willian perhaps came closest to Pulisic’s feat during those weird 2015-16 times, when he rode his free kick prowess to 7 MoMs in 8 games, split 4 and 3 around a Nemanja Matić game.
It’d be tempting to draw some sort of consistency conclusion from this streak, especially given the recent crop of Hazard comparisons for Pulisic — and if there was one knock against Hazard, it was that he was out there more for fun than anything else — but these ratings are often rather trivial and usual more a reflection of sentiment than actual performance. Hazard is the career leader in MoMs as far as the WAGNH Community Ratings are concerned; hopefully Pulisic will take aim at that record as well.
2. ROSS BARKLEY (8.0)
If we could bottle up the Good Barkley and release him when the Bad Barkley returns, that would be great.
3. OLIVIER GIROUD (7.8)
Is it time to be concerned about Tammy Abraham’s form yet? Not to take anything away from Giroud, who’s stepped up in a serious way since Lampard finally stopped overlooking him in February, but young Tammy has struggled mightily since the Restart. With Timo Werner coming in, the competition will only increase for the Chelsea Academy graduate...
vs. WATFORD (PL, H, W 3-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Pulisic (8.7), Barkley (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Giroud (7.8), Willian (7.7), Mount (7.5), Zouma (7.4), Azpilicueta (7.3), Kanté (7.3), Arrizabalaga (7.0)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Christensen (6.9), James (6.7), Loftus-Cheek (6.0, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Abraham (5.8, sub), Hudson-Odoi (5.6, sub), Gilmour (5.5, sub)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —