By Coral Barry
Cesc Fabregas can still regain his swagger at Chelsea, Willian is the player that can lead Chelsea up the table and other things we learned from Crystal Palace 0 Chelsea 3.
Fabregas cannot be written off
Despite managing just two league assists so far this season, Fabregas should stay at Chelsea. A year ago he already had 13 assists in the league and today he showed glimpses that that player still exists. His superb pass to Diego Costa for Chelsea’s opening goal wonderfully split an extremely well organised Palace defence and put his side ahead when they were being over run by the Eagles. The Spanard is clearly not the player he once was, but today he was involved in all of Chelsea’s goals and showed that his touch and vision remains intact. Perhaps his once unstoppable self can still be resurrected, Chelsea need to keep hold of him.
Willian can led the Chelsea resurgence
Willian is a special player whether it is under Jose Mourinho’s management or Guus Hiddink’s. The winger’s work rate and eye for goal has been by far the brightest spark in Chelsea’s extremely bleak season. Another goal today ensured just Chelsea’s second away win of the season and Willian’s emphatic strike to make it two nil made the points safe. It seems that the new year has done little to affect the Brazilian’s form and as the Chelsea revival begins to build up some steam, Willian will be the man leading from the front.
Chelsea need an unselfish Costa
With three goals and an assist in his last two starts, Costa seems a changed man under Hiddink. Far removed from the bib throwing and goal starved striker of the latter stages of Mourinho’s reign, the Brazilian was alert and tireless today. He thoroughly deserved his goal after he provided a fantastically unselfish layoff to Oscar for Chelsea’s opener, despite the chance to shoot himself. Chelsea’s season will greatly depend on Costa continuing to perform in front of goal for himself and for his side.
Zouma can replace Terry
John Terry put in an assured display today, but it was his young partner that stole the show. One perfectly timed tackle to deny Wilfried Zaha a free shot at goal in the first half summed up a powerful and resolute performance by Kurt Zouma. The absent Connor Wickham is the only recognised striker to score for Palace in the league this season, but Fraizer Campbell and Zaha bombarded the Chelsea defence for the opening twenty minutes. Zouma was continuingly in the way. The 21-year-old is demonstrating all the qualities to eventually take over from the illustrious Terry.
Chelsea to shake off their blues
After two wins and two draws in four games, the Chelsea faithful will be hoping that 2016 will finally bring about an end to their woes. Up to 14th in the table and well above the relegation battle, the Blues can now focus on getting as high up the table as possible. With Costa, Fabregas and Oscar all discovering some sort of form and the change in manager seemingly paying off, the future does not seem too bad for the Londoners.