For the next in our series of club reviews, we will be heading to the Premier League and looking at champions Chelsea. After a terrible season in the previous campaign the west Londoners were keen to set the record straight and get themselves back among England’s elite, and they did so with style by reclaiming the title under the guidance of new manager Antonio Conte.
We have already covered their goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders here on EuroFantasyLeague, and so now we will round up this examination of the Blues by seeing just how well their strikers performed. Spoiler alert – they did quite well.
Top of the pile was talismanic forward Diego Costa. With rumours abound linking him with a move away from the club, he seemed determined to go out with a bang (if he does indeed end up leaving) by scoring a whopping 82 points for the fantasy managers who decided to include the Spaniard in their squad.
He accrued such a good tally thanks to his 20 goals scored and seven assists provided from 35 starts. Despite being the most costly of Chelsea’s strikers he ended up with a Price / Performance (P/P) ratio of 8.8, which was the highest of their forwards – shading it over the striker who finished third on the points tally. That P/P would have been higher but for his hefty 9.50m valuation of course.
Before we get there, though, we should take the time to confirm Pedro as the second most prolific Chelsea striker in terms of fantasy points scoring this season. The former Barcelona star notched 52 points, with 10 goals and nine assists from 35 appearances (only 26 of his were starts though, with nine coming from the bench). His 7.50m valuation gave him a P/P of 7.2, but with Costa’s potential exit this summer Pedro could be seen as the head of the new Blues frontline next season, so he is certainly worth bearing in mind.
Now, a moment ago I mentioned how Costa’s 8.8 P/P just shaded it over the player who finished third. That player was none other than Michy, who scored the late goal that wrapped up the title for the team in their late-season clash with West Brom. He admittedly only managed 22 pointsfor the campaign, but given his valuation at just 3.00m he ended up with a P/P of 8.7 – now that is great value considering how limited his first team experience has been this season, with just one start and 19 sub appearances.
Victor Moses came in with 12 points, which was disappointing given his 5.00m valuation and, of course, the hopes from Chelsea fans relating to his potential. He has looked great at times this season, but couldn’t really get the job done on a regular enough basis. With 29 starts and five sub appearances he had plenty of time to increase his tally, but in fairness to him he spent plenty of time in the middle of the park as opposed to up front.
There were other midfielders with much higher scores of course, and so this goes down as a disappointing campaign for the former Wigan youngster. His contribution of three goals and two assists just wasn’t enough to make him a sure-fire selection next season for fantasy managers out there. His P/P score of 2.2 was the second lowest of Chelsea’s strikers this season.
The only one who ended up with a lower ratio was Dominic Solanke – largely because he didn’t play for the side this season. He did feature in a matchday squad for an EFL Cup tie against Bristol Rovers, but that was as close as he got. With a departure from west London looking likely, he could prove a risky inclusion next season.
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