The 2019-2020 season has proved to be a successful learning curve for Chelsea football club, in what was there longest season in history. A fourth place finish in the premier league, an FA cup final and a last-16 exit in the Champions league, to the tournament favourites, is well above what was expected of them before the campaign had begun. Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori have all been brought successfully into the first-team picture this season and have all put in top performances. This article will analyse each first team member’s seasons with a brief analysis and rating on them, as well as looking at the coaching staff and some reserve players.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: 2/10
After a promising first season for the blues, Kepa had a woeful second and potentially last season in west London. Having the worst save percentage in the whole of the English top flight doesn’t help his case for still being Chelsea’s number one for the 20/21 season. He doesn’t command his box or breathe any sort of confidence into the defence in front of him; it will be interesting what a new goalkeeper will do for Chelsea’s defensive troubles and whether Kepa is the main problem or just part of the problem.
Willy Caballero: 6/10
The Argentine international is a steady number two who brings a wealth of experience to the dressing room. He has performed decently when called upon and having signed a contract extension during lockdown, Chelsea fans will be seeing Caballero for one more season.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7.5/10
Chelsea’s skipper went under the radar this season and his performance levels were back to his usual standard after a poor season last term. A disappointing end to the season in the cup final shouldn’t under mind his performances this campaign and he’s shown that he is the perfect captain mould for this young team.
Reece James: 7/10
A debut year for Reece James in the first-team this season and he certainly hasn’t disappointed. Memorable moments such as his first goal for the club against Grimsby Town, the equaliser in the eight goal thriller against Ajax and his perfect performance against Crystal Palace at home where Wilfried Zaha barely had a kick. He still has areas to improve but it was an extremely encouraging first season for the Englishmen.
Kurt Zouma: 7/10
Chelsea’s best centre-back over the course of the campaign, Zouma returned after two years out on loan and put in some monstrous performances throughout the season. Finding the Frenchmen a partner should be Frank Lampard’s thought process heading into the summer.
Antonio Rudiger: 4/10
A majorly disappointing season for Rudiger, who was touted as the blues saviour at the back when he returned in late November, only to turn into the worst performing centre-back for the rest of the season. This summer could be the right time to sell while he still has value.
Andreas Christensen: 5/10
Christensen still shows signs that he can be a top performer for Chelsea, such as his performance against Manchester City at home, but he also has nightmares in him, such as Everton and West Ham away. Due to being at the club a long time he may not be sold this summer but next season will be crunch time for him if he wants to nail down a starting spot for the blues.
Fikayo Tomori: 6/10
A strange season for Tomori, who was Chelsea’s best defender up until Christmas, with top performances in Amsterdam and back home in the league. However, he has only played one league game in 2020 and didn’t play a single minute post lockdown. A loan may be the best option for the pacey defender next season after what was a promising start to his Chelsea career.
Marcos Alonso: 5/10
After a poor campaign in 18/19, Alonso found more joy this season as Lampard adopted a system with wing-backs on various occasions. This suits Alonso’s game perfectly and the Spaniard put in decent displays there, however when used as a conventional left-back he often struggles. A back-up role should be his squad spot next season as Ben Chilwell is looking like he is on his way down south to the Bridge.
A season that started off so promisingly for Emerson has ended in an almost certain move away from the club. He was arguably Chelsea’s best performer in the first 5 games before injury at home to Liverpool in September has proved to be catastrophic as he has never returned the same player.
N’Golo Kante: 6/10
An indifferent season for Kante that has been blighted with injury troubles, which are starting to become a concern. He is still one of the best midfielders in the world on his day but a guaranteed starting spot isn’t going to happen from now on if they continue, he will however, still be a valuable member of the squad next season.
Mateo Kovacic: 8/10
A fantastic season for the Croatian international who joined permanently last summer from Real Madrid, after a decent loan spell the season before. He scored his first goal in two and a half season away in the Mestalla against Valencia and had countless man of the match displays dragging Chelsea’s midfield through games. There have been many shouts for him to be player of the season for his efforts and rightly so. Playing as a 6 could be a solution for the blues going forward but keeping the Croatian at the bridge will be crucial.
Another Sarri signing that has struggled this season is Jorginho, who was integral to Frank’s plans at the start of the season. However, he was frozen out after lockdown and was only brought back in due to injuries. A player who divides a lot of opinion in the fan base, may be moved on this summer if Frank gets his wish of signing West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Billy Gilmour: 7/10
The young Scotsmen put in fine performances just before lockdown against Liverpool and Everton and was looking to nail down a regular starting spot before his injury away against Palace. There were encouraging signs for the youngster who could potentially be loaned out next season to put him to the test.
Ross Barkley: 5/10
Ross Barkley was signed for such a low fee his transfer to Chelsea can never be regarded as a poor one; however the blues should look to move the Englishmen on this summer. With 10 G+A contributions over the course of the season and with the signings of Hakim Ziyech and potentially Kai Havertz, Chelsea may not have room for him even as a squad player next term and could make large profit on him.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 4/10
After the best season of his career under Maurizio Sarri last season, off the back of an impressive world cup, the ‘Lewisham Ballack’ had his campaign robbed after his injury in the U.S last May. He featured 9 times after lockdown which should all hopefully get him up to speed for next season. Even though he is a fan favourite, if the injury problems still plague him, he may have to be moved on in the future.
Mason Mount: 7.5/10
The breakthrough star who played more minutes than any other Chelsea player this season, Mason Mount has been a revelation. After impressing Lampard at Derby last season, Mount was a constant picture in the first team from the first game in the league to the last and has repaid the managers faith with top big game performances. A fine season has also been capped off by earning his first 6 England caps and his first international goal, away in Kosovo.
Pedro Rodriguez: 4/10
An average farewell season for Pedro, who featured from the start regularly at the beginning of the season, but was moved down the pecking order by October. A great servant to the club and every Chelsea fan wishes him well in Rome.
Willian’s highest league goal scoring season for Chelsea has been marred by the ongoing agent talk and his transfer to Arsenal. However, Willian proved to be important for the blues this season as his energy and ball retention in attacking areas helped Lampard’s system. A total of 20 G+A contributions in all competitions were impressive considering his usual end product standards.
Christian Pulisic: 8.5/10
Chelsea’s player of the season, in my opinion, has had a brilliant first term in blue, providing 11 goals and 7 assists in 34 appearances. Every Chelsea fan didn’t want to compare him to the recently departed Eden Hazard, but after some of the performances he has put in you can’t argue that he is as like for like a replacement you are going to get for the Belgian. Next season should be even better for Pulisic with the sole attacking burden being removed from his shoulders, he could excel even more.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 5/10
A difficult season for Hudson-Odoi, who found it difficult to nail down a starting spot after missing pre-season through injury. With the attacking talent that is arriving at the bridge for the next campaign, it may be a crucial stage in his Chelsea career. However, fans must realise he is still only 19 and has got bags of potential, he needs the fans support to help him reach the top.
Tammy Abraham: 7/10
After starting the season on fire, Tammy Abraham had the dream start to life as a premier league starting number nine. His form tailed off towards the end of the season, as expected with a debut campaign, but he still managed to have the highest G+A tally out of anyone at the club with 18 goals and 4 assists. This season also saw him score his first England goal and was very unlucky not to be a nominee for the young player of the season.
Olivier Giroud: 7.5/10
Out of favour for most of the season, Olivier Giroud’s professionalism and attitude saw him force his way back into the side and finished the season with a respectful goal tally of 10. With him signing a contract extension in lockdown, he will be incredibly useful for Frank for at least one more season.
Michy Batshuayi: 4/10
In what is surely the Belgians last season in west London, Batshuayi scored 6 goals in all competitions before being moved to third in the striker pecking order. He didn’t play a single minute post lockdown and a with a year left on his contract, a move away is looking ominous.
Frank Lampard: 8/10
For the boss, Frank Lampard, it was only his second season as a manager and the first in the English top division, meaning what he has achieved cannot be understated. However, the defensive structure and being frequently caught in transition are areas that need to be improved going forward if Chelsea are to challenge for silverware next term. His in-game management has been a positive and his tactical flexibility is also a major plus.