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Chelsea 1-0 Fulham, Player Ratings: Palmer back in ice cold business

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s win in the West London Derby

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1. COLE PALMER (7.9)

After a bad day at the office, both collectively and individually against Middlesbrough, wherein he missed three presentable chances that could’ve easily won the game for Chelsea, Palmer was back to his usual (positively) game-changing ways. Not only did he put away the latest penalty won by Raheem Sterling, he himself created that opportunity with a wonderful disguised pass to his former Manchester City teammate. Those weren’t the only moments of quality from young Palmer, but they were the moments that made the difference in this one.

This is now his 10th Man of the Match award, in just 22 appearances. Eden Hazard holds the single-season record with 19 from 2018-19. Palmer will not get close in terms of appearances (we played 63 games that season; Hazard playing in 52 of those), but if he keeps up his ratio (or if others don’t start stepping up regularly), he just might make a run at the record in the second half of the season.


Speaking of stepping up, Petrović continues to show that he’s more than capable of being our number-one between the sticks, making solid decisions with the ball, being a strong aerial presence, and making the big saves when necessary. Sánchez should be getting back to fitness here soon; not sure there’s any reason why he should get his job back.


It’s been a rough few weeks for Enzo, both in terms of fitness and in terms of form, but hopefully we’ll see a turnaround here, with our upcoming slate of games a fair bit tougher than our recent run.

vs. FULHAM (PL, H, W 1-0)


EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Palmer (7.9), Petrović (7.5), Enzo (7.1)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Silva (6.9), Colwill (6.6), Gallagher (6.5), Disasi (6.5), Caicedo (6.4), Gusto (6.4), Madueke (6.3, sub), Chilwell (6.3, sub), Gilchrist (6.3, sub), Sterling (6.2)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Chukwuemeka (5.8, sub), Broja (5.4)

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


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