Although it may be hard to single out one Chelsea man to take the majority of the plaudits following their win against Watford, one man can, perhaps, feel slightly aggrieved to have not scored higher than he did after his impressive individual performance.
The Blues managed to see off the challenge of the Hornets at Vicarage Road in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off, with goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic proving to be enough.
However, Frank Lampard’s side were made to sweat for all three points when Gerard Deulofeu won a rather contentious penalty and slotted it past Kepa Arrizabalaga to set up a rather nervy final ten minutes.
The Spanish ‘keeper, though, managed to spare any blushes from a potential Chelsea collapse when he expertly saved a diving header from his opposite number, Ben Foster, with the very last piece of action of the game (Sky Sports).
A number of players for the Stamford Bridge outfit stood out for praise following the game, with the likes of Mateo Kovacic being lauded for his tireless work-rate. whilst Pulisic continued his fine form in front of goal.
However, one man that did not appear to get a fair share of the adulation that was being handed out by sections of the media was Fikayo Tomori.
The 21-year-old has become a mainstay in Lampard’s side this season after impressing on loan at Derby County with the current boss, whilst it certainly appears that he has taken the opportunity presented by Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s respective injury woes with both hands.
Indeed, having recently been called into Gareth Southgate’s England international set-up, Tomori appears to have gone from strength-to-strength and continued to impress whilst on the Vicarage Road pitch on Saturday night.
According to the data compiled by WhoScored, the youngster managed to achieve three tackles, four clearances, blocked one shot and even managed to make one key pass in the 90 minutes he was on the field.
However, those figures appear to have gone under-the-radar with some of those working in the national media, with many not really prepared to give him a glowing reference in regards to their player ratings.
However, the Express, arguably, were more on the money with their rating as they handed the centre-back an eight alongside a host of his team-mates on the night.
Indeed, the £9m-rated enforcer (TransferMarkt) has been growing into his role with Chelsea this season, however he is looking the part with every passing game, so in truth, it is hardly surprising to see him put in a performance of the level he did against Watford.
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