The Blues were able to secure a comfortable 2-0 triumph against the Magpies this weekend, with Frank Lampard’s side occupying the top spot in the league for a short period of time. However, is it still too early to call us title contenders? We delve into the five talking points from our latest Premier League victory.
Tammy Abraham: Chelsea’s Number Nine
When Chelsea announced the signing of world-class striker Timo Werner this summer, the future appeared bleak for Chelsea’s number nine. Although the academy product had secured an impressive first season with the Blues – scoring 18 goals in all competitions – many were left wondering where he would fit into this new squad. However, with Christain Pulisic currently out with an injury, Lampard has opted to play Werner on the left, with Abraham finding his way back into the starting XI – and his link up play with the German has produced excellent results. Werner was able to set up Abraham for the second goal of the afternoon – producing an excellent pass for the fellow striker as the Englishman confidently slotted one into the back of the net, securing the three points for his side. With the 23-year-old still scoring goals, it’ll be hard for Lampard to ignore him.
A Mixed Display from Timo Werner?
Although the former RB Liepzig man assisted Chelsea’s second goal against Newcastle, Werner could have got a few goals himself. Werner had a set of close chances within the game, including one within the first five minutes – forcing Karl Darlow to stretch to the bottom right corner and push the ball out for a corner. He also went wide in the 29th minute, unable to give Chelsea a two-goal lead in the first half. Another shocking moment for the striker occurs in the early stages of the second half when he tries to square the ball for Hakim Ziyech but produces a disappointing pass, missing out on another important chance for the Blues. However, despite his mistakes, Werner’s work rate was extremely impressive and his errors will be forgotten after his important assist in the latter stages.
N’Golo Kante: Man of the Match Performance
Despite Werner and Abraham producing good moments in the game, N’Golo Kante had the best performance at St James’ Park. The Frenchman produced yet another solid performance at the heart of the midfield, with the World Cup winner showcasing both his defensive and attacking talents. The 29-year-old appeared to be all over the pitch on Saturday, with Kante most definitely back to his best. Therefore, it was even more rewarding to see the midfielder captaining the Blues on the day – and the boss was rightfully pleased with his superb MOTM display.
Another Clean Sheet Confirmed
Perhaps it’s not too surprising to see Chelsea claim yet another clean sheet this weekend, given that Newcastle only managed one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes – and for the majority of the game, they appeared clueless in attack. However, Edouard Mendy has been superb when called upon and there’s no denying that he’s brought a new sense of calmness to the Chelsea backline. Despite a few sloppy moments from Antonio Rudiger, our defence was pretty solid – even without the likes of Thiago Silva – and Lampard will be delighted to gain yet another clean sheet.
Are Chelsea Title Contenders?
Now, I’d like to think I’m a realist, therefore when there were talks about Chelsea being title contenders at the start of this campaign, I merely brushed them aside. However, is it time to finally start considering this assumption? The team actually seems to be working well together and it appears that Lampard has found a formula that truly works. It’s no doubt that next week’s game against arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur (and the current leaders of the Premier League) will be extremely important to determine the fate of this season. Let’s hope we can get a good result against Mourinho’s Spurs, otherwise the consequences will be unthinkable.