1. TIMO WERNER (8.4)
It’s taken a while — 100 days and nearly 1000 minutes, to be exact — but Timo Werner has finally scored a Premier League goal.
He was an easy and obvious choice for Man of the Match, but what has become a bit lost amid the narrative is that this isn’t his first or even his second team-best performance this season. In fact, he leads the team with five, same as Édouard Mendy and one more than Mason Mount or Callum Hudson-Odoi. Werner was very good early in the season; hopefully he can start pouring them in now (again).
2. MATEO KOVAČIĆ (8.1)
Speaking of big returns, where has this Mateo been all season?
Chelsea’s Player of the Year last season has had a rather indifferent time of it this season, but he’s a player reborn under Tuchel — breaking lines, controlling possession, spraying passes and through-balls, he’s doing it all with the ball ... as long as we don’t expect any goals of course.
3. CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (7.3)
Back at wing-back and not at his best on the day, but in the top-three just the same. Keep striking the iron while it’s hot!
vs. NEWCASTLE UNITED (PL, H, W 2-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Werner (8.4), Kovačić (8.1)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Hudson-Odoi (7.3), Giroud (7.3, sub), Arrizabalaga (7.0)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Christensen (6.9), Jorginho (6.9), Azpilicueta (6.9), Rüdiger (6.8), Alonso (6.8), Mount (6.6), James (6.4, sub), Kanté (6.3, sub), Abraham (6.2)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —