Don’t get suspended again…
In the kind of form that Cesc Fabregas was in against Everton – you wonder why he hasn’t been playing from the start every week since he joined the club.
The Spaniard was the puppet master in the middle of the park, his opponents could get nowhere near him and the crowd was sat in awe of him.
The first goal was all his own doing, with brilliant interplay between himself, Willian and Alvaro Morata before a deft finish with the outside of the foot to leave Jordan Pickford stranded.
Even during a second period which saw the visitors eventually claw some way back in to the match, Fabregas was still the standout member of either side.
He more than repaid Antonio Conte’s faith in him.
Slight changes work wonders
To the naked eye, Chelsea’s formation didn’t see a drastic change.
However, the ways in which it modified the performance and game-plan of Antonio Conte’s side was much more apparent to everyone watching.
Dropping on central midfielder and playing a winger instead allowed for a whole lot more fluidity further up the pitch – even harking back to some of the best matches of last season at times.
Everton’s defence could cope with the constant movement of Morata, Willian and Pedro – and in the end all three of those names should have really been on the scoresheet rather than just one.
The Costa saga
If Sunday’s performance proved anything, it’s that Chelsea don’t particularly miss Diego Costa.
In Alvaro Morata, Conte has successful found a more than capable replacement – one who has scored in both of his home matches so far this campaign whilst still adapting to the style of his new side.
Costa is currently sat in Brazil, sulking that the Blues manager hasn’t made any room in his plans for the Spanish international in the future.
And, if he was tuning in to the match, he would have seen a vibrant performance from the side he was leaving behind.
Would Diego Costa get in to this Chelsea line up? You’d have to doubt it.
Perhaps a move to Sunday’s opponents shouldn’t be off the cards…
Squad depth needed
Antonio Conte spoke after the match that Chelsea still needed to be active in the remaining days of the transfer market, and he isn’t wrong.
It was much more apparent against Spurs when the Blues were forced to field a rather makeshift midfield, but even on Sunday looking at the bench – it wouldn’t have exactly struck fear in to Everton if the match had been a little different.
That central midfield spot will still be a concern.
Despite a brilliant debut for Tiemoue Bakayoko against Spurs, the inclusion of Cesc Fabregas in the starting lineup on Sunday highlighted the need for different options in different situations.
If Chelsea had set up defensively against Everton, as they did against Tottenham, the match could have ended a lot differently.
Antonio Conte knows that, and you can expect some transfer window movement to combat it.
Another area that Conte will certainly be looking to improve in the remaining days of the transfer window is his wing-backs.
Marcos Alonso has performed admirably in the last two games – and those displays may well have been enough to convince the boss that he deserves a run at the position this season.
However, on Sunday Victor Moses was a little more on the periphery of the action – not quite able to impose himself as much as his Spanish teammate on the opposite flank.
A missed one-on-one chance with Jordan Pickford in the second half won’t have helped the Nigerian international’s case.
Whilst Moses is not a bad player by any stretch of the imagination, you do feel his position is a clear area in which Chelsea can make an improvement in this window.