Going forward, there have not been too many issues for Chelsea. After failing to score against Manchester United, they scored six in the following three and have generally created enough chances to win in each game. The problems, however, have come at the opposite end of the pitch.
That 4-0 loss against the Red Devils to open the campaign quickly showed the Blues’ defensive frailties, and the matches that followed against Leicester and Norwich did little to improve the fans’ confidence in their backline. And it was a similar story against Sheffield United this past weekend. It can be argued that Frank Lampard’s side should have been more efficient in front of goal to kill the game off, but they really shouldn’t be squandering a 2-0 half-time lead against a newly-promoted side either.
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Fikayo Tomori began at the heart of the defence for the first time in his Chelsea career and displayed some positive signs for the future, although there is room for improvement.
On the ball, he looked confident and comfortable. His 95% pass accuracy was bettered only by the Blades’ Callum Robinson, but his 99 completed passes is more impressive than the Republic of Ireland international’s 21. He also registered a 100% through ball accuracy, as the only Blues player to complete such a pass.
Defensively, he made three tackles, with only Italy international Jorginho having more, and he was the only one of Lampard’s men to block a shot from the opposition. However, in terms of his anticipation, the former Derby County boss will be wanting more. Tomori failed to register a single clearance or interception.
He was part of a side that conceded two disappointing goals in a game which should have been put to bed, but it was a solid debut in the starting XI for the England U21 international nonetheless. He certainly did his prospects of regular first-team football no harm, although there are things he can improve on to make an even stronger case for his more frequent inclusion.