Hakim Ziyech (No. 22) Right winger, Morocco
Ziyech has come under quite a lot of heat in recent games and has even been called a “cross merchant” from parts of the fanbase. Ziyech still leads Chelsea in many creative stats this season and he’s still the team’s best creator. He’s created two less big chances than Mount in the Premier League this season, and all that in nine less starts. He also has one less assist than Mount. The more Ziyech plays for Chelsea, the better. His partnership with James is one that the Blues have missed for several months now. He’s still getting used to his teammates, he has only started seven out of a total 18 games for Chelsea in the league this season after all, and nine appearances overall.
Tammy Abraham (No. 9) Striker, England
Tammy Abraham is Chelsea’s highest goal scorer in eight less starts than Timo Werner. His off-the-ball movement has improved greatly this season and he has done a lot with very little. His partnership with Werner in the 17-game unbeaten run was superb. He played in Chelsea’s only victory in seven games, scoring twice. It is surprising to see Abraham start as few games as he has, but it’s a difficult season with an abnormally high turnover in games, all of these things need to be taken into consideration in team selection. He is currently Chelsea’s best striker, but not just that, he makes everyone around him better too.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (No. 20) Left winger, England
Callum Hudson-Odoi has played well every time he has gotten minutes this season. He has to start now and even Lampard has said as much. Hudson-Odoi leads Chelsea players in progressive passes per 90 (6.15) according to fbref. He also leads the team in shot-creating actions per 90 (5.67). This is impressive considering he has Ziyech as a teammate. This goes to show how much work the youngster has put into working his way back into the line-up. His connection with Ziyech against Morecambe was good to see and a repeat of that would most likely spell a victory for Chelsea against Leicester.
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