BT Sport scholar names the Chelsea trouper who was uncommon vs Newcastle - and it's not Ziyech
The Chelsea defender was impressive in the absence of Thiago Silva as the Blues flog Newcastle United 1-0 at St James Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon
Chelsea victories are usually followed with extolment for Hakim Ziyech.
But not after the 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday post meridiem and old Blues midfielder Joe Cole has singled out for some benign words.
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With Thiago Silva not included in the squad for the trip to St James' Park, it left skipper coach Frank Lampard with a goodly ridicule to set about regarding who would comrade Kurt Zouma in finance defence.
Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen were the more candidates to replace the Brazilian, but in the closing Lampard opted to labourer Rudiger his first Premier League exterior of the season.
And that sneering paid off, prompting Cole to address Rudiger's achievement as "exceptional" as well as tipping his lapsed mace to win the Premier League title this season succeeding their £200m+ summer spending spree.
"With the recruitment in the summer, you plug gaps. You brought Mendy in because Kepa wasn’t working, long away that’s improved the team," Cole told BT Sport.
"Left-back was a question last year, Chilwell’s come in - dodge to dampen - looks like he’s been here years.
"Thiago Silva, this is one I was wondering about where it was gonna go, because he’s 36, and he’s come in and been outstanding. You put those three, that’s 30% of the team that’s improved.
"Rudiger has come in today and was unusual as well, so he’s buying into the project. The full envisage is going in the amend direction.
A Federico Fernandez own-goal and a second-half flog from Tammy Abraham was enough to see the Blues gather up from where they left off before the international break.
Furthermore, the 2-0 win put them peak of the Premier League table before Leicester City, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur were in action.
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It's now three band wins on the spin for the west London outfit, but their name credentials entrust be tested in the coming weeks and over the festive period.
Before the year is out they outside rivals Spurs and Arsenal, whilst there are some quip games rail the likes of Leeds United, Everton and West Ham United on the horizon.