This season, literally all our players have come under fire for underperforming, and keeping us far behind on the long, however, a number of them have been singled out for the blame.
Victor Moses has been criticised often for being a shadow of his former self. Last season, he was unreal, but this season, he has struggled even to make decent crosses.
Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has also come under a lot of fire for failing to replicate the same form that saw him transferred from Monaco to West London in a mega deal. The lad has been held responsible for our stuttering midfield, and has missed out on a handful of clearcut chances on goal. Morata has obviously been criticised too, and we all know why, but we’ll stick to the former two.
On Thursday evening, both Bakayoko and Victor Moses got a chance to redeem their images, and they did. Bakayoko was fielded in midfield alongside Kanté, and he was very impressive throughout the game. In fact, the only other times he was that good were in the meetings with Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United earlier in 2017. That’s how long ago he played a decent game for Chelsea. Injuries have also been an issue for the man, but it has to be said that he hasn’t quite taken off for us. But with last night’s performance, there’s a glimmer of hope that we might be getting more out of our investment in the man.
Moses also had a very poor run of games for us up until last night. Poor crosses and finishes had become a part of his game, and Chelsea fans were visibly growing impatient with him. But on Thursday, he won us the game. He was directly involved in the two goals we scored, and we probably would have lost with our strikers misfiring.
It’s only one game, and perhaps a tad earlier to judge their return to form, but one can only hope their forms are replicated in the coming fixtures.
Victor Moses is the obvious pick for Man of the match, but I have to say Bakayoko was very instrumental to our win overall, and he deserves a pat on the back for returning the way he has.