2020/21 FPL Team Preview: Chelsea
I actually had a feeling that Chelsea was going to struggle last season especially when they lost Eden Hazard, whose influence in the team was second to none. I did not rate Frank Lampard either, yes he took Derby to the play off final two seasons ago but still didn’t think he would be able to match some of the world’s best coaches.
In my opinion Chelsea went above and beyond my expectations to finish 4th and make the FA Cup Final against Arsenal. This feat is even more impressive given the fact that he couldn’t use the transfer window either.
Last season he groomed and utilised several Chelsea academy players, while this season he has spent well over 220m to bring in players to help boost his squad and challenge for the title.
Chelsea has signed the likes of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, Thiago Silva from PSG, Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Ben Chilwell from Leicester City. They are also linked to many other players like Mendy from Real Madrid and Declan Rice from West Ham (at time of writing). I’m a little worried at how they all will gel together and if they do so quite quickly then they could come close to challenge Liverpool’s reign.
In terms of FPL Tammy Abraham was Chelsea’s highest scorer with 153 points and finished with only 15 goals – I say only because early on in the season every shot he was taking was going in and he was on 10 goals pretty quickly. Behind Abraham was Mason Mount with 137 points, followed by Cesar Azpilicueta with 130 points. Another two Chelsea players hit 100 points while Ben Chilwell also did but played for Leicester last season.
Chelsea’s opening 5 games are:
- Brighton (A)
- Liverpool (H)
- West Brom (A)
- Crystal Palace (H)
- Southampton (H)
They only have 1 difficult game inside their first five and that is again against Liverpool but it is at the Bridge, for the last couple of seasons they have faced Liverpool at Home first. Apart from that they have very winnable games and should provide lots of FPL points for all coaches.
Chelsea have a lot of new signings and there are unknowns around how Lampard will set his team up. Werner looks like a sure shot in my team from the start but otherwise I would be simply keeping most other Chelsea players on my watch list. Also, Chelsea’s transfer market activities may not have ended so watch this space for more to come.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (5.5): Kepa will always be remembered for that infamous “sub-gate”, when Sarri wanted him to be subbed off but he said no and refused to leave the field. Last season, he only scored 90 points last season and even isn’t guaranteed to be the number one keeper for Chelsea this season, if all the transfer rumours are to be believed. Since the loss of Courtois the Chelsea goalkeeping ranks haven’t been that good.
I will be STAYING away from this guy for the whole season, very risky pick especially with his attitude thinking he’s the best keeper when clearly we have seen he’s not.
Ben Chilwell (5.5): Arrived from Leicester for 50m and was key for Leicester’s quest for European Football last term. I won’t forget his screamer against Watford that landed in the top corner. He scored 114 points from 2374 minutes contributing 3 goals and 3 assists while being involved in 9 Leicester clean sheets. Currently he is injured but a very good shout to be in your team when he’s full fit especially with the likes of players that Chelsea have now up front and in the midfield, he can easily increase his point output even over lesser minutes.
Reece James (5.0): Was involved with the first team squad 29 times last season playing 24 times, starting 16 times and being used as a sub 8 times. He played 1510 minutes scoring 61 points contributing 2 assists and being involved in 5 clean sheets. He’s not a bad option this season if Lampard goes with him at right-back. With the start Chelsea has definitely keep an eye on him and see if he is a regular starter and if so then place him in your team after the GW02.
Cesar Azpilicueta (6.0): He’s a very versatile defender and can play anywhere along the back line, he has played LB and CB last season along with his natural position of RB. He was Chelsea’s top scoring defender last season with 130 points, he played 3229 minutes contributing 2 goals and 6 assists while being involved in 8 clean sheets. Definitely on my radar despite the price.
Mason Mount (7.0): Last season he came from nowhere and made a huge impact for Chelsea. He played 2865 minutes scoring 137 points contributing 7 goals and 6 assists. He was very good for the whole season for a young player he was exceptional. It is quite unknown where he will play and how many minutes he will receive this season due to plethora of new the signings along with already established midfielders Pulisic, Jorginho and Kante, currently in 10.8% of teams but I do see that coming down a bit before the season starts.
Hakim Ziyech (8.0): Made the move from Ajax to Chelsea in the current July transfer window, he played 21 of 26 games for Ajax last season scoring 6 goals and providing 13 assists from the RW position. Will definitely be in Chelsea’s opening game squad if he is fit.
There’s a massive difference from Eredivisie and the Premier League so if I was considering him in my squad then I would definitely make sure I watch him in the first few game weeks and then probably get him after Chelsea come up against Manchester United in GW06.
Kai Havertz (8.5): Another one of Chelsea’s big transfers this summer, he moved from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea a few days ago but the transfer was in the news for a number of weeks. He played 30 games of a possible 34 for Bayer Leverkusen last season scoring 12 goals and providing 6 assists, he played in a number of positions in the attacking line and will provide Lampard with the versatility that Chelsea needs, he is a ball player and still very young and will have lots to prove.
Like Ziyech, I would watch him early on and see how he finds it in Premier League before selecting him in your team. He might struggle in his first season like Pepe did or get the ground running from day 1.
Christian Pulisic (8.5): In FPL he played only 1717 minutes scoring 127 points, contributing 9 goals and 8 assists which is quite good considering he played just over half the minutes. Definitely consider him in your midfield this season. If he plays about 2700 minutes this season I do see him coming close to the 200 mark. The question, however, is how Lampard will line up his attack. It may take a few games for him to find best XI.
Timo Werner (9.5): Werner was involved in all of the 34 games for Leipzig last season, scoring 28 goals in the Bundesliga and providing 8 assists, that’s more than 1 goal contribution a game, definitely is worthy of his 47% ownership. Already is off the mark for Chelsea with a goal against Brighton in a friendly, he also scored against Spain in the Nations League opening group game a few days ago.
He is a proven goal scorer but the Premier League is the most difficult league in the world. He is looking fit and should be ready to go from the onset – he does look quality to be your “set and forget” striker. The other reason to have him is quite simply because many other FPL managers also have him in their team.
Tammy Abraham (7.5): He started last season well, was leading the golden boot for some time and raced to 10 goals, unfortunately he couldn’t continue his blistering start and only finished with 15 goals, but maybe he still young and it was only his first full season in the Premier League for Chelsea.
He was Chelsea’s top scorer with 153 points contributing 15 goals and 6 assists, it is up very unknown what Lampard will do with Abraham now that they have signed Timo Werner – he most probably will be used as a sub most of the time with the rare start here and there unless Lampard changes formation to 2 up front, but even then he might play Kai Havertz up top with Werner as Havertz has played up front for Bayer Leverkusen on numerous times, just keep him on your watch list for now.
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Josh Dowling js from Australia and has been playing FPL for 9 years. He follows Liverpool fervently and is passionate about the Beautiful Game.
He is currently coaching and getting his FFA C license.
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