1. MASON MOUNT (8.0)
Well, it’s Monday, which is a good reason already to celebrate Mason Mount. Add in his match-winning performance from the weekend, and it is indeed a fantastic Mason Mount Monday: a Man of the Match Mason Mount Monday.
Mmmmmmmmmm, so good!
Online culture being what it is, there’s always going to be a subset of people who will hate on anyone, everyone. And then there’s going to be another subset of people who then worry about those opinions, thus giving them the number one thing they crave, attention and legitimacy — when ignoring them would be literally the easiest thing to do.
Here’s what I say. Don’t worry about what other randoms are shouting into the void. Champion your man. Don’t worry about their noise; make your own.
Premier League players with at least 40 key passes, 80 progressive passes and 80 passes into the final third this season:— ExpectedChelsea (@ExpectedChelsea) January 17, 2021
• Kevin De Bruyne (29 years old)
• Bruno Fernandes (26 years old)
• Mason Mount (22 years old)
Elite company. pic.twitter.com/AI8nTsUriR
2. CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (7.3)
Here’s a telling stat I just saw scroll by: seven of Chelsea’s last eight goals in all competitions have come with Hudson-Odoi on the pitch (with Callum himself chipping in with 2 goals and 2 assists). Considering that he has only played 256 of the 450 minutes (5 games) during that span, it surely speaks volumes of his ability to positively affect games.
Might we see him get just his third Premier League start on Tuesday against Leicester City?
On Callum Hudson-Odoi:— Grant James (@grantdesmidt) January 18, 2021
Of the eight goals scored by Chelsea in the last five matches, only one has come without Hudson-Odoi on the pitch. Surely, surely, he starts tomorrow night.
3. THIAGO SILVA (6.7)
A clean sheet for The Monster.
vs. FULHAM (PL, A, W 1-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Mount (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Hudson-Odoi (7.3, sub)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Silva (6.7), Rüdiger (6.2), Chilwell (6.1), Abraham (6.0, sub), Ziyech (6.0)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Mendy (5.9), Pulisic (5.7), Giroud (5.6), Azpilicueta (5.4), Kovačić (5.4), Jorginho (5.1)
BAD (4.0-4.9): Werner (4.7, sub)
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —