By Matt Farr
Chelsea returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time as 2016-17 Premier League champions to host Watford in the penultimate game of their season.
A seven-goal thriller saw Chelsea run out 4-3 winners, with Antonio Conte choosing to rest a number of his key players and hand rare opportunities to the club’s fringe players for their dead-rubber affair.
However, despite substitute Cesc Fabregas clinching a late victory for the hosts, the performance was far from convincing from Conte’s men.
Here, Football Insider names the three worst Chelsea players during the victory.
The 22-year-old was talked up as one of the most exciting defenders in the future of the Premier League, only to see his progress stall after suffering a long-term injury.
Zouma has spent much of the current campaign on the sidelines, but having been nursed back to health, made a rare start for the club against Watford.
However, the French international looked far from convincing in Chelsea’s back-three, struggling in his positioning, composure and looked short of confidence.
His rusty display against Watford leaves Conte with a potential dilemma this summer, and that could see Zouma offered out to other clubs in loan, instead of being handed regular opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
With Conte’s premier midfield trio N’Golo Kante, Fabregas and Nemanja Matic having been so impressive, he has had little need to call upon the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah and his other fringe stars.
But the 22-year-old midfielder is unlikely to be handed more regular action next season after putting in an unconvincing display versus Watford.
He made a slow start to the game, only to improve in the second-half, but aside from showing intent on the ball, there was little that really made him stand out from the pack.
Chalobah could also find himself heading out on loan this summer, having already spent time on loan at six clubs during his four seasons at the club.
Although Conte made nine changes to his line-up, the inclusion of Kenedy still came as considerable surprise.
The 21-year-old had made just two appearances in all competitions prior to the Watford win, and was entrusted with playing in the left wing-back role that Marcos Alonso has excelled in this term.
He worked hard in the role, but didn’t really have much of an impact. He offered little on the overlap in the final third, with the majority of Chelsea’s wide-attacking play coming on the opposite flank.
Watford have been very vulnerable defensively of late, highlighted by a second-string Chelsea side netting four times, but Kenedy failed to capitalise.
In other Chelsea news, Football Insider has revealed three things we learned about Chelsea from the victory.