Half-term report: The new boys

Ten games into the season and all but one of our six summer signings have made appearances for the Blues.  How are they getting on?

 

Alvaro Morata

Every team wants their strikers to start the season well, and fortunately, Alvaro Morata has done just that. He has scored seven goals in eight appearances across all competitions, including a hat-trick against Stoke. Having joined us from La Liga, he has adapted easily to the Premier League’s style of play, and will hopefully be a contender for this season’s Golden Boot. Fingers crossed it doesn’t take him long to bounce back from the hamstring injury he sustained against Manchester City. 

 

TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO

If you’ve made just nine appearances for a club and you’ve already been given your own chant, you must be doing something right. The partnership that Tiemoue Bakayoko seems to have formed with N’Golo Kante in midfield is an exciting prospect, and together they both shone against Atletico Madrid last month. Bakayoko is a quick and clever dribbler, and most likely learned a thing or two from Claude Makelele who was on the coaching staff at Monaco during his time there.

 

Antonio Rudiger

The German defender has played in eight of our 10 games this season, and has already proved his ability in our defence, illustrated by his Ashley Cole-esque goal-line clearance against City. He is strong, quick and good in the air, and on top of that, versatile as a defender, with the ability to play in central defence or as a full-back. The arrival of Rudiger has certainly boosted our defensive options in a season where we have to juggle our squad across four competitions.

 

Davide Zappacosta

Making his Chelsea debut as a substitute against Leicester, the Italian defender started against Qarabag in the Champions League and scored an impressive goal, crossing the ball in after a 50-yard run down the right wing. Zappacosta already has a good understanding of Antonio Conte’s style, having played under him for the Italian national team.

 

Willy Caballero

Caballero has made just one appearance so far for Chelsea, against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup, a game we won comfortably. While we can’t really judge the start to his Chelsea career from just 90 minutes, we can be sure that Caballero brings great depth and Premier League experience to our goalkeeping resources.

 

Danny Drinkwater

Joining us from Leicester City on the last day of the transfer window, Danny Drinkwater is yet to play in a Chelsea shirt due to a calf injury. The midfielder will hopefully make his Chelsea debut sometime this month.