Frank Lampard has finally managed his first win as head coach for Chelsea, and that is a major cause for celebration.
I might not be a big fan of Chelsea, but I love and admire Lampard, and it’s great watching him taste some bit of success after nearly everyone wrote him off i.e. Mourinho (the used-to-be special one).
The Blues have had a torrid start to the season, having lost four goals to nil in their opening match against Manchester United, and then drawing with Leicester at Stamford Bridge. To add chaos and depression to injury, they managed to lose to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup Final just days after their loss to the Red Devils.
But, as we all know, bad times do not last forever, and finally, the Blues have something to smile about.
Going into this game, Chelsea was the obvious favorite against a team that has just been recently promoted from the EFL. However, Norwich put up a damn good fight, managing two goals against the EPL heavyweight.
Chelsea might have won this game, but Norwich did not take it lying down. Both teams were fired up, and this was a true battle for the 3 points. I don’t think Chelsea were ready for such a spirited fight from Norwich.
So, which players caught my eye in this game?
We’ll start with some of the Norwich players that were super incredible in my humblest of opinions. They are going up against West Ham next, and these will be the players to look out for:
To say that this man has been incredible since the start of the season would be a serious understatement of his contribution to his team’s progress so far.
He now has five goals to his name; one from his team’s match against Liverpool, three from Norwich’s match against Newcastle, and one from their match against Chelsea last Saturday.
He is currently the EPL’s top scorer, and that is very impressive from a player whose team stands at number 17 at the moment. He is tied at the top of the goal-scoring list with Raheem Sterling.
To put it in even better context, he has more goals than our lead striker, Aubamayeng, and yet, we are currently number 3.
Pukki is now the 10th player to have scored in the first three games of the Premier League.
Remember, he was also the top scorer in the Championship last season.
His goal against Chelsea was so sublime and effortless, a marvelous beaut!
He is a goal-scoring hero in the making, and I hope he’ll help his team bring down some big clubs, EXCEPT Arsenal of course.
But, as his teammates will attest, he brings more than just goals to Norwich. He is a nightmare for the opponent’s central backs, and he is the main charge when it comes to his team’s high press mode of football.
Let’s see how effective he will be against West Ham.
- Todd Cantwell
There is no denying it, Norwich players have improved their game significantly from before their promotion, and one Todd Cantwell is sufficient proof of that.
In this first three games for Norwich in the EPL, he has scored one goal, and provided two assists. That is equal to his total contributions in 24 appearances in the EFL last season.
That’s a tremendous improvement!
Now, we move to Chelsea, and kudos to Lampard for having faith in the youngsters in his squad, and giving them a chance to shine! They are going up against Sheffield United next, and these will be the players to watch out for:
- Mason Mount
Here is one youngster who had an incredible game. He scored the second goal for Chelsea, his second of the season.
His overall play was calm and confident. He kept pushing for a goal and posed a constant threat for the Norwich defenders. Five shots at goal is no small feat, plus he made some crucial passes that amped Chelsea’s attack.
The only downside was the knock he acquired towards the end of the match. Hopefully, he’ll be fit for their upcoming match.
- Tammy Abraham
I’m still not used to seeing this youngster in Chelsea’s starting line-up, but credit to him for taking every opportunity to prove that he deserves a spot in the starting XI.
He scored a brace for Chelsea, his first and second goals for his team, bringing back a glimmer of hope for all Chelsea fans. His brace makes him the youngest Chelsea player to score twice in a match since 1998.
It’s going to be interesting to see how his confidence shapes up as the season continues, and whether he can replicate his performance in upcoming games.
And, anyone who’s made racist remarks against this young man should feel very ashamed of themselves!
But, curiously enough, it took him two hours to provide a urine sample to drug testers after the game. I wonder what’s that all about…
…anyway, moving on swiftly…
- Matteo Kovacic
Impressive form in midfield and he’s shown great skill in going forward, something he was not quite good at last season. Kovacic was able to step up in the absence of Ng’olo Kante, which are indeed very big shoes to fill.
He picked up an assist against Norwich, and I know going forward, the team is going to rely on him significantly more.
He has something to prove after a lackluster performance last season, hence, the Croatian is someone to look out for in future matches.
Good luck to both teams, especially Norwich, in their next games.
I’ll be watching!