The Champions of Europe are in line for some tasty FIFA upgrades, for those of you out there who are avid gamers and addicted to breaking controllers. With some special seasons from certain players, some new transfers in and out and fresh off a UEFA Super Cup win, I decided to spin my own take on the ratings of our boys in blue.
Romelu Lukaku – 88
Lukaku had a special league winning season at Inter Milan and will surely be an integral part of the success we’ll have this season.
Mason Mount – 84
Our player of the season struggled to have an impact at the Euros but I think we all know that he performs better in a blue shirt.
Kai Havertz – 86
Our marquee signing from last summer had a limited impact during the season but showed up when it mattered most. Excited to see more from him in 21/22.
Tammy Abraham – 80
Our leading scorer from 19/20 completely fell off the grid after the appointment of coach Thomas Tuchel and didn’t leave it all on the pitch when afforded some time. His future doesn’t look long for Chelsea.
Christian Pulisic – 81
Handed the #10 in the footsteps of Willian and Eden Hazard, Pulisic has struggled to make a real impact at Chelsea thus far and this preseason hasn’t indicated any tangible improvement from him.
Hakim Ziyech – 86
Ziyech had an okay start to life in London under Frank Lampard but faded after injuries and having to adapt to Tuchel’s system hampered his progress. His electric preseason has me wanting to see more from him this season.
Timo Werner – 86
Werner’s finishing left a lot to be desired after an electric start to the season. His improved playmaking chops made a real difference despite his finishing woes, resulting in a minor upgrade for him. I hope to see better from him this year.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 76
Odoi had an up and down season that ultimately saw him rarely feature as an attacker after an alright start to the season. I speak for a lot of Chelsea fans when I say I’m still waiting for that star breakout moment.
Jorginho Frello – 86
Jorginho’s strong, successful season culminating in several trophies and penalty goals landed him a serious and well deserved upgrade. I hope he can keep it up.
N’Golo Kante – 90
His surge in form and vintage performances in big matches land him among the top midfielders in the game, if not the best. A truly special season for a special guy and a special player.
Mateo Kovacic – 83
Kovacic was a little disappointing this season and didn’t make the impact I’d expect, but his stocks didn’t really change as he added yet another Champions League medal to his collection.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 78
An indifferent loan spell at Fulham leaves Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea career in doubt after once being one of the brightest stars in England. Thomas Tuchel’s infatuation with his abilities will be something to watch. Was included in the Super Cup squad against Villarreal CF as an unused substitute in midfield.
Ben Chilwell – 84
After an average start, Chilwell evolved into one of the best left backs in the world this past season on form. The heir to Ashley Cole’s throne.
Marcos Alonso – 82
Used sparingly but still moves fairly well and often adds a lot to the attack when the defence behind him is covered. A special guy that fans will learn to appreciate more after he moves on.
Emerson Palmieri – 80
Emerson is a decent player who had some nice moments, such as that goal against Atletico Madrid on the break with his first touch of the ball. Tough competition with Alonso and Chilwell. Nearly moved in the deal with Inter but ultimately should continue to pursue opportunities elsewhere.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 85
Despite some good competition from the rest of the defenders, the cagey vet showed that he still has more left to offer to a top team. Impressive.
Antonio Rudiger – 83
At one point coined as one of our worst defenders, Rudiger’s redemption arc after the Havertz announcement video has been truly remarkable. Deserves every penny and minute of the contract extension that will surely be tabled to him in the coming weeks.
Andreas Christensen – 82
Like Rudiger, many of us had no faith left in this guy after falling off the grid after breaking through under Antonio Conte. It looks like he might have found his feet again in London. Extend him and run it back.
Thiago Silva – 86
The ageless wonder has now won a trophy in every season since 2010/11 after Chelsea’s triumph in the UEFA Super Cup. He’s had a remarkable presence at the heart of the back three and maintains a great relationship with manager Thomas Tuchel, whom he’d previously played for at Paris Saint-Germain.
Kurt Happy Zouma – 81
Zouma didn’t have a crazy season by any means but logged nearly 3000 minutes, was a solid, physical presence at the back and managed to pot 5 goals in the process.
Reece James – 81
Oddly wasn’t rated by Gareth Southgate at the Euros but nonetheless enjoyed a strong campaign with the Blues in a nice, low-key breakout season.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 82
Clearly replaced by Edouard Mendy but his confidence has begun to come back to him, and that was evident in the Super Cup victory in the penalty shootout.
Edouard Mendy – 85
Recruited by Petr Cech to bring some stability between the sticks, Mendy was the biggest surprise last season. Offers a massive and intimidating frame to go with cat-like reflexes, especially at close range. A special find by the Chelsea scouting team.
LOAN: Billy Gilmour – 74
Gilmour will be plying his trade at Norwich after a mini breakout last season. With only three senior midfielders to truly rely on – Kovacic, Jorginho and Kante – a recall could be on the cards, especially with an injury or if Ruben Loftus-Cheek fails to impress.