Ben Chilwell has every right to be happy with how his league debut for Chelsea went.
A goal, an assist and a clean sheet, how much better does it get?
The left-back was absolutely electric all afternoon, showing Chelsea exactly why they spent £45m on securing his services, bombing down the wing, putting in crosses and even scoring a goal.
The left-back may have lost possession 23 times, but that shocking stat is simply a bi-product of how involved he was today in every area of the pitch, and he’s already repaid the faith Frank Lampard showed in him, while also proving him right in ditching Marcos Alonso.
The gaffer had a highly-publicised falling out with the £100k-a-week ace last week, and that forced his hand into bringing Chilwell in for his league debut, and while that may have been something of a gamble due to his recent fitness problems and the fact that he played over 60 minutes on Tuesday, the risk paid off.
Chilwell didn’t look like he was off the pace one bit, playing a part in the Blues’ first two goals, and from then on Lampard’s side were in control, with two late penalties only acting as bonuses for their goal difference.
The former Leicester City man put in an astonishing 11 crosses, while also playing three key passes in what was a perfect modern full-back performance.
Being thrown in against Crystal Palace could’ve been something of a baptism of fire for Chilwell due to Wilfried Zaha being one of the league’s most proficient dribblers last season, but the left-back had his side locked down, not being dribbled past once.
Fingers crossed this performance was a sign of things to come for Chilwell, because if he builds on this, he could end up being one of the club’s best players this season.