Chelsea young guns Mount and Gilmour shine again as matchwinning sub Abraham eclipses Giroud

FRANK LAMPARD learnt once again that the future is coming faster than even he might have predicted – as his midfield starlets shone in a dramatic win over Crystal Palace.

Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount impressed yet again, while England striker Tammy Abraham came of the bench to outshine fellow scorer Olivier Giroud in attack.


Here's how SunSport rated each Chelsea performer this evening in South London.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5

Would have felt he should have got a hand to a brilliant Wilfried Zaha strike to make it 2-1, and conceded a second.

Reece James – 6

James has not quite looked like the same player since football restarted and he once again looked rather rusty in the first 45. Looked a lot more comfortable in the second half and grew into the game.

Kurt Zouma – 6

A pretty solid game from Zouma, but he might have been quicker to close down Zaha’s shot for 2-1.

Andreas Christensen – 6

Another fairly steady game for Christensen, but looked shaky at times under a high press.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 5

The captain made a few bad passes and it wasn’t his best game in a Chelsea shirt.

Billy Gilmour – 8

The 19-year old orchestrated large parts of Chelsea’s decent play in the first 25 minutes and grew into the game even more, rarely giving the ball away.

Mason Mount – 8

Full of energy once again and was a real shining light for Chelsea in the first half. He was heavily marked in the second half and kept a lot quieter but overall a good game.

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Ross Barkley – 5

Some good moments from Ross and he battled hard, but also went missing far too often and didn’t really give anything extra and was rightly hauled off for Loftus-Cheek on 64 minutes.

Willian – 8

Was lively once again and involved in all the good attacking play that Chelsea conjured up.

Christian Pulisic – 8

The inform Pulisic started quiet until his excellent goal on 27 minutes to put Chelsea 2-0 ahead and he then began to thrive once again.

Olivier Giroud – 5

He took his the opening goal well after an unfortunate injury to former Blue Gary Cahill, but missed what was a very good opportunity to score a header early in the second half. No surprise to see him replaced by Abraham midway through the second half.

Subs –

Tammy Abraham (for Giroud on 64mins) – 8

Scored a good goal and made a real difference when coming on.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (for Barkley on 64 mins) – 8

Excellent assist for Chelsea’s third goal, and made a great impact.

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