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Barnsley 0-1 Chelsea, Player Ratings: Tammy and Kepa indeed save the day

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Community player ratings from Chelsea FA Cup fifth round victory

Barnsley v Chelsea: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

1. TAMMY ABRAHAM (7.7)

Just as in the previous round of the FA Cup, Tammy’s on top of the pile and leading the team into the next round. In fact, he’s scored our last four goals in the competition with the lone tally in this one adding to the hat-trick notched against Luton Town.

Whether that earns him more minutes in non-Cup games remains to be seen. This was only his second start under Tuchel in five games, earning plenty of praise afterwards, though the attack remains a bit sputtering as the new head coach looks to figure out his productive combinations on the pitch.

2. KEPA ARRIZABALAGA (6.9)

In his post-match comments, Tuchel made sure to thank Kepa for keeping us in the game, and certainly the first-half leg save on a point-blank header was one that should be put on every highlight reel.

It wasn’t a perfect day from Kepa — he seemed to lose the aerial physical battle quite often, for example — but we’ve seen far, far worse from him...

3. CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (6.8)

Back to wing-back to start, before shifting forward to a more orthodox winger with the half-time substitution and formation change. It wasn’t Hudson-Odoi’s best game, a statement that applies to all the other Chelsea players, too, but he’s just about our only truly in-form attacking player other than Mason Mount at the moment, and it looks like Tuchel isn’t afraid to place his trust in them.


vs. BARNSLEY (FAC, A, W 1-0)

EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —

EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Abraham (7.7)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Arrizabalaga (6.9), Hudson-Odoi (6.8), James (6.7, sub), Gilmour (6.4), Rüdiger (6.0, sub), Zouma (6.0)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Anjorin (5.9, sub), Kanté (5.9), Christensen (5.8), Emerson (5.7), Kovačić (5.6, sub), Alonso (5.3)

BAD (4.0-4.9): Pulisic (4.8), Ziyech (4.4)

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


OVERALL

(update pending)