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Chelsea power rankings: Fikayo Tomori climbs


Sept. 16, 2019

Who are the most important players in the Blues' squad?
Chelsea got back to winning ways after the international break.
A 5-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon was the perfect preparation ahead of the first Champions League group stage match against Valencia on Tuesday night.
It was three academy products that did the damage at Molineux, with Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount adding to Tammy Abraham's hat trick to provide a confidence boosting win and performance.
Lampard has earned praise for his use of young players in the Chelsea team this year, but with the Champions League on the close horizon, how have they been performing in relation to some of their more experienced teammates?
Check out football.london 's latest Chelsea power rankings below to find out.
24. Billy Gilmour
Age: 18
Made his Premier League debut against Sheffield United before the international break, but was not included on the bench for the trip to Molineux.
Power ranking: 24th - The teenager will get plenty more opportunities under Lampard this season.
23. Willy Caballero
Age: 37
Power ranking: 23rd- is the backup goalkeeper to Kepa Arrizabalaga, he could make his first appearance of the season for the League Cup tie against Grimsby Town.
22. Michy Batshuayi
Age: 25
He has played just 19 minutes of Premier League football this season, although he did provide the assist for Mason Mount's late strike against Wolves.
Power ranking: 22nd
21. Reece James
Age: 19
Power ranking: 21st - Is still making his comeback from injury, but, once fit, will be the main source of competition for Cesar Azpilicueta.
20. Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Age: 23
Power ranking: 19th - Is still making his return from an achilles injury suffered at the end of last season.
19. Marcos Alonso
Age: 28
Recently found himself out of the team, but returned in a more advanced role against Wolves, providing an assist for Tammy Abraham's second goal of the game.
Power ranking: 20th
18. Callum Hudson-Odoi
Age: 18
Power ranking: 18th - Is now back in full training and will provide Lampard with a selection headache upon his return.
17. Willian
Age: 31
Power ranking: 17th  - Started his first game under Frank Lampard at Molineux.
16. Cesar Azpilicueta
Age: 30
Power ranking: 16th  - Has had a poor start to the season, and may struggle to keep his place in the team upon the return of Reece James.
15. Ross Barkley
Age: 25
Has found himself starting on the bench for the most part of the season, with Mason Mount being chosen ahead of him. Barkley made a 20 minute cameo against Wolves.
Power ranking: 15th
14. Andreas Christensen
Age: 23
Power ranking: 14th - Found himself back in the starting lineup against Wolves after being dropped to the bench for the visit of Sheffield United.
13. Olivier Giroud
Age : 32
Has found himself out of the starting lineup for the last three games, with Tammy Abraham being preferred in the striker's role.
The French striker has been an unused substitute for the games against Sheffield United and Wolves.
Power ranking : 13th
12. Kurt Zouma
Age: 24
Was dropped from the starting lineup on Saturday, with Christensen coming in in his place, replaced Antonio Rudiger at half time.
Power ranking : 12th
11. Fikayo Tomori
Age : 21
Made his Premier League debut just before the international break and retained his place in the team for the trip to Molineux.
The defender proved that Lampard was right to put his faith in him by scoring Chelsea's opening goal of the game with a spectacular long-range effort.
Power ranking : 11th
10. Pedro
Age : 32
Power ranking : 10th - Has been out through injury for the past few weeks, but was fit enough to be named on the bench for the game against Wolves.
9. Antonio Rudiger
Age : 26
Has just returned from a long term injury, but was replaced at half time against Wolves.
It has since been confirmed that the defender aggravated a groin injury that he has been carrying and will miss the club's Champions League opener vs Valencia.
Power ranking : 9th
8. Christian Pulisic
Age : 20
Was dropped to the bench for the first time since the opening day of the season and was an unused substitute.
Has shown potential in his first few games at Chelsea, but will need to be more consistent to earn his place back.
Power ranking : 8th
7. Mateo Kovacic
Age : 25
Power ranking : 7th - Has been a mainstay in the team since completing his permanent move in the summer, starting five of the six games under Lampard.
6. Kepa Arrizabalaga
Age : 24
Power ranking : 6th - Firmly Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper
5. Jorginho
Age : 27
Power ranking : 5th - Becoming an increasingly important player for Lampard's men.
4. Emerson Palmieri
Age : 25
Power ranking : 4th - Missed the Wolves game through injury, but has had an impressive start to the season.
3. Mason Mount
Age : 20
Mount has quickly become one of Chelsea's most important players in a short space of time.
The fact that he has played the full 90 minutes of every Premier League game this season shows how much faith that Lampard has in him.
That faith is being rewarded by the player. Mount scored his third goal of the season in the 5-2 win over Wolves.
Power ranking : 3rd
2. Tammy Abraham
Age : 21
Abraham was in a battle with Olivier Giroud to be the first choice striker under Frank Lampard, and it is a fight that the striker seems to be up for.
The academy graduate scored his fifth, sixth and seventh goals of the season in the win vs Wolves, meaning that he has bagged seven goals in his last three appearances.
That sort of goalscoring form means that the 21-year-old will be one of the first names on Lampard's team sheet in the coming weeks.
Power ranking : 2nd
1. NGolo Kante
Age : 28
Despite being out injured for the majority of the opening games of the season, Kante's impact on the Blues' team can't be underestimated.
Lampard will be hoping that Kante is fit for the Champions League opener against Valencia on Tuesday.
Power ranking : 1st
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