The Chelsea squad is stacked with huge creative talent, which is why it’s interesting to see who’s shining most so far during the 2021/22 season.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues side are top of the Premier League table right now after seven rounds of fixtures. Also, they’ve competed in the UEFA Super Cup, Champions League and Carabao Cup in a busy start to the campaign.
With the help of Who Scored, here is a look at the top 10 Chelsea players when it comes to key passes.
For context, a key pass is defined as a pass that leads to a shot at goal from a teammate.
Notable omissions include Hakim Ziyech (4) and Kai Havertz (2), which is disappointing for players of their ability.
10th) Callum Hudson-Odoi (5)
Hudson-Odoi pips Chelsea teammate Jorginho to 10th place based on playing less minutes this season.
The 20-year-old showed some positive signs in the weekend’s victory against Southampton. He looks far more comfortable playing as an attacker rather than being restricted in a wing-back position.
If he gets more minutes in a forward position, Hudson-Odoi should shoot up this list.
9th) Antonio Rudiger (6)
You could make a strong case to say the German defender has been the club’s best player in the opening couple of months of the season.
His work at the back is what he’s renowned for, but it’s not a major surprise to see him feature on this list when you consider the way he loves to drive up the pitch with real enthusiasm.
8th) Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6)
This placement should grab the attention of Tuchel.
Loftus-Cheek has started just two games all season, along with three small cameo appearances off the bench.
The midfielder injects something extra with his box-to-box running on the ball, so perhaps we’ll see more of him after the international break.
7th) Ben Chilwell (6)
Likewise, Chilwell hasn’t played a lot of football this season. He’s only made four appearances across all competitions.
The England international still features in the top 10 and perhaps that’s a great indication that the Blues love to push their left wing-back up the pitch.
6th) Cesar Azpilicueta (7)
Chelsea captain Azpilicueta has made seven key passes, with three of them counting as assists.
He’s one of the most consistent stars playing in England, and he’s good for creating a few chances, whether that be as a right-sided centre-back or a right wing-back.
5th) Reece James (9)
James is probably the best crosser of the ball in the entire Blues squad.
He makes the top five despite starting four games all season, so fans are desperate for him to get more minutes on the pitch.
The wing-back has three assists under his belt and there is much more to come from him.
4th) Mateo Kovacic (12)
Kovacic has been one of the major success stories lately.
The Croatian midfielder looks back to his very best and creativity is not always something he’s been well known for.
However, he’s now finding a much better end product with some braver passing between the lines.
3rd) Mason Mount (13)
Mount will always be around the top of these charts because of how involved he gets in matches.
The attacking midfielder is yet to hit top gear, plus he’s had an injury problem, but he’s so influential.
2nd) Romelu Lukaku (15)
Lukaku was signed in the summer to be the frontline goalscorer at the Bridge, but he’s far more than just a finisher.
The Belgian forward is showing how effective he can be as a target man.
It’s so easy for his teammates to roll the ball into him with his back to goal because they know they’ll get it back nine times out of 10.
1st) Marcos Alonso (18)
Yes, Alonso really is number one.
The £24millon left wing-back leads the Chelsea charts for key passes and for a neutral it may be a surprise to see him out in front.
Chelsea watchers know all about Alonso, though, who is so effective when it comes to attacking when operating in a wing-back system.
Many fans love Chilwell, but it’s hard to argue how important Alonso is going forward for this team.
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