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Defenders are disrespected in favour of goals as Tammy and Mason are ranked above Emerson

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Defenders are disrespected in favour of goals as Tammy and Mason are ranked above Emerson

Football.London have a full set of power rankings every week now, where they go in depth on the Chelsea squad and see who’s having a good time and who’s having… not such a good time.

It’s interesting to get an opinion on the squad taken overall, and a look at who a writer who is closely tied with the club think is succeeding – and who isn’t.

They reckon N’Golo Kante is still top of the pile, and it’s hard to argue that he’s the best player in the squad. He’s perhaps the only member of this Chelsea XI who would make it to a World XI. But given he’s been out injured, there’s probably room to drop him down the table a little.

Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham may not be on Kante’s level as players, but they’re in much better form. The Frenchman has barely featured for Chelsea this season, and while he was excellent when he was on the pitch (isn’t he always?) we’re not sure that should cancel out the fact that he’s barely played.

There’s also a great case for Emerson Palmieri. While he’s not scoring like Tammy and Mason, he’s won his starting spot and excelled in pretty much every game under Frank Lampard. He’s very influential in the way the English coach sets his team up, and is relishing that responsibility.

Once again, it seems defenders are being disrespected for goals.

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