End of an era.
The 21 year old American joined was bought from Dortmund last January and then loaned back to Dortmund for the remainder of the season. Chelsea had a transfer ban but since Pulisic was bought before the ban he joined up with the squad for the 19/20 season. Pulisic made 34 appearances this season in all competitions for Chelsea scoring 11 goals and assisting 10. That is a brilliant return for a first season in Chelsea blue and he has been our best winger this season. Pulisic started the first few games of the season and played well against Liverpool in the Super Cup but then Lampard decided to drop him for a couple of games. Pulisic would come off the bench to get an assist against Southampton and then assisted the winner in Amsterdam against Ajax which earned him a start. Pulisic’s first game back in the XI he scored a perfect hattrick against Burnley and he seemed like a more confident player. Pulisic would go on to score 2 more during Chelsea’s good run but his drop in form coincided with the whole team playing poorly. Pulisic tore his abductor muscle towards the beginning of January which kept him out until post lockdown. The lockdown helped him regain more fitness and Pulisic was a crucial factor in keeping us in the top four. Post lockdown he got 4 goals and 4 assists as well as creating both the penalties that Willian scored. Pulisic scored in the FA Cup final against Arsenal as well but pulled his hamstring at the beginning of the 2nd half which ended his season. Pulisic has made a great impact and while comparisons with Hazard are there the biggest difference is that Pulisic has a bigger eye for goal while Hazard preferred to assist others. It’s only the beginning but the first season has been an encouraging start. KEEP.
Willian was an ever present in Lampard’s first season as Frank looked at him as one of the veterans of the squad. Willian made 47 appearances for Chelsea scoring 11 goals and assisting 9 as he had one of the better seasons of his Chelsea career. Willian only missed the final few games of the season due to injury. It was a pretty standard season for Willian in my eyes, he shined on occasion like the game against Spurs which made you think what stopped him from playing that way consistently and the rest of the time he was lazily feinting down the right wing sending way ward crosses into the box. Anyways I have already wrote my parting message for Willian and you can check that out as he finally left the club and joined Arsenal last week. SOLD.
Pedro didn’t have the greatest of seasons in 19/20. The veteran Spaniard was barely used and was otherwise injured for large parts of the season. Pedro made 23 appearances for Chelsea scoring 2 and assisting 3 while he dislocated his shoulder in his final game for the club in the FA Cup final. Pedro like Willian has also left the club and is bound to join Roma in the coming days. Pedro is a serial winner and he will no doubt help Roma get a trophy or two. SOLD
Callum’s achilles injury kept him out of the first few weeks of the season but he worked his way into contention as he came of the bench against Brighton getting an assist as well. CHO started the next two games getting an assist in each one. CHO’s next starts would come in January when he would start 4 consecutive games getting a goal and assist. A hamstring injury then kept him out of the squad and he only returned back post lockdown to make appearances from the bench. Callum did manage to start the final game of the season against Bayern Munich in Germany where his brilliant goal was ruled out by Tammy being offside. The injury has done a number on Callum this season and this pre season and break should help him regain his form. When fit CHO’s is without a doubt one of our most creative players and the stats show it. Hudson-Odoi made 33 appearances for Chelsea this season in which he got 4 goals and 7 assists and he only started 13 of those games. Callum needs to stay fit work hard and make an impact when given a chance because with Ziyech coming in there will be plenty of rotation. At 19 there should be no rush for him, just take it game by game because Ziyech and him should be our right wing for seasons to come. KEEP.
Tammy Abraham came back from a brilliant loan spell at Villa which saw him help them get promoted to the Premier League. With the likes of Morata gone and Michy mostly 2nd choice Tammy was always going to be the first choice option. Tammy made 47 appearances for Chelsea this season getting 18 goals and 6 assists, he started 31 of those games. Tammy played the Super Cup and missed a decisive penalty which saw Liverpool with the game but Lampard put faith in him unlike a Mourinho who loaned Lukaku to Everton after the exact same situation in 2013. Tammy fought back social media abuse and came back with a bang as he got 7 goals in 3 games towards the end of August and the beginning of September. Tammy would then go on to score 7 goals the rest of the season in the league which shows that he hasn’t been the most consistent. The dry spell saw Giroud be the first choice striker just before lockdown and after it as well. As far as first seasons go this was more than good from Tammy’s point of view. Next season Tammy will be fighting it out with Werner and Giroud to play in a front two or be the lone striker and while Werner will be the first choice games are going to come fast and there will be plenty of rotation. KEEP.
If one takes the post lockdown period as a separate season then Olivier Giroud could easily be our player of the season. Starting at Spurs and then moving on Giroud made an instant impact in the squad. The Frenchman was rumoured to be leaving the club in the winter transfer window but he stuck around and Lampard chose to bank on him. Giroud would make 25 appearances for Chelsea scoring 10 goals and assisting 1. Starting in February Giroud made 13 starts for Chelsea in all competitions getting 9 goals and assisting 1. Giroud was a major factor as we secured Champions League football and got some big wins in the FA Cup as well. The Frenchman will be fighting it out once again for a starting spot or even being 2nd choice but his professionalism and experience will be key for next season. Giroud and Werner as front two would be an interesting sight to behold. KEEP.
Every season I feel it could be a breakthrough season for Michy and every season he either doesn’t play or gets loaned out. This season was a bit different because he did start or come off the bench in quiet a few games at the beginning of the season. Michy made 24 appearances for Chelsea this season scoring 6 goals and assisting 2. Michy only started 6 of those games which is actually a very good return. The problem with Michy is that he is lethal inside the box but his link up play and overall work outside the box isn’t up to it. At 26 he really needs regular playing time at a club and with the Euro’s coming up next year he will want that. Bielsa is back in the Premier League with Leeds and there are rumours that Leeds want Michy. It would be a great opportunity for the Belgian and one that Chelsea should jump on if a bid comes in. SELL.