Chelsea managed to overcome Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon, although there could be a suggestion one of their players went under the radar a little and should be named as an unsung hero form the game.
A penalty from Jorginho and a deflected effort from Willian were enough to hand Frank Lampard his first Premier League win at Stamford Bridge since becoming manager of his former club.
Indeed, the win was also the Blues’ first clean sheet of the season as the defence has found it difficult to keep the ball out of the back of their net under the SW6 favourite.
In truth, Kepa Arrizabalaga was rarely tested throughout the match as Brighton managed to record just one shot on target, despite having eight attempts to do so (Sky Sports). Indeed, it would, perhaps, be fair to suggest the Spain international was nothing but a spectator as he did not have too much to deal with.
Although, that suggestion might only have been made because of the work that Fikayo Tomori managed to do in front of him as he helped the defence be the tightest it has ever been this season.
The 21-year-old looked incredibly assured at the back alongside Andreas Christensen as he put in a solid performance for Chelsea.
According to data compiled by WhoScored, the £9m-rated enforcer (Transfermarkt) managed to record one tackle, three interceptions and one clearance over the 90 minutes as he achieved a match rating of 7.33.
The youngster appeared to be very comfortable at the back with the ball at his feet as well, as he managed to make 90% of the 90 passes he made, whilst finding his team-mates with 50% (three of six) of the long balls he made throughout the game.
Perhaps, that performance went under the radar by some of the bigger media outlets, as their player ratings did not do too much to praise his performance.
Football.London provided Tomori with just a six despite being “solid”; although both The Express and West London Sport gave him a seven for his efforts as they both highlighted his “physical” presence.
Although youth appear to have been given a chance under Lampard (and, possibly, the fact that the duo were together at Derby County last year), the 21-year-old is definitely making a case for himself to be considered one of the first names on the teamsheet.
With Kurt Zouma suffering an illness before the weekend and Antonio Rudiger recovering on the sidelines, competition for a place in the centre of defence is fierce, however Tomori certainly continues to shine when given the opportunity and will make it difficult for Chelsea to think about dropping him.
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