Chelsea second half player ratings: Edouard Mendy sharp as Armando Broja takes his chance

Edouard Mendy

This was the Senegal international’s first taste of competive action in pre-season but he looked like he’d never been away.

First he was quickly out to narrow the angle after David Brooks broke through – the Wales international subsequently mnissed the target – and then Mendy produced a fine reaction save to deny Kyle Edwards.

Given Kepa Arrizabalaga’s uncertain opening period, it’s already sage to say Mendy will go into the campaign as Chelsea’s undisputed number one. 7

Matt Miazga

The American slooted in on the right of the Chelsea back three and wasn’t overly troubled, although he could’ve covered better for the Bournemouth goal. Likely to drop out of the first-team picture as star names return. 6

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Trevoh Chalobah

The 22-year-old has built his career as a holding midfielder while out on loan but Chalobah played regularly at centre-back at youth level and slotted into the heart of the back three after being introduced at half time.

It was Chalobah who marshalled the backline throughout the second period and although he could’ve used the ball better a times, he was always little to step out and try to build attacks. 7

Jake Clarke-Salter

Was caught out of position early on and the cross that led to the Bournemouth goal came down his side, but there was little he could do in truth.

Clarke-Salter used the ball nicely, no surprise to those who watched him at youth level, but you sense this might be his final outing with the senior side. 6

Callum Hudson-Odoi

As detailed in our first-half ratings, the 20-year-old was Chelsea’s biggest attacking threat during the opening period as he constantly exposed space out on the right flank. Hudson-Odoi continued in that fashion in the second half but didn’t receive the ball as often and so wasn’t as influencial. 6

Ruben Loftus- Cheek

Speak to anyone around the Chelsea camp during pre-season and the feedback is that Loftus-Cheek is looking strong and fit. He showed glimpses of that at the Vitality, but not as much as some would’ve hoped.

That was, in part, down to the role Loftus-Cheek played. He was used in the double six alongside Gallagher and so was instead focused more on defending than driving forward with the ball.

There’s definitely more to come from the England international in the games ahead. 6

Conor Gallagher

The midfielder enjoyed an excellent opening half – as detailed here – but was a little more ragged after the half-time interval. He first lost out to David Brooks and only a poor finish from the Bournemouth star kept Chelsea from going behind.

Gallagher later brought down Dominic Solanke on the edge of the penalty area after mistiming a challenge, perhaps as a little tiredness crept into his game.

The 21-year-old deserves credit, however, for continuing to push himself and he was the only Chelsea player to complete the 90 minutes. 7

Marcos Alonso

The Spaniard looked a little off the pace throughout the opening 45 minutes and didn’t truly have an impact after the break. Was substituted on the hour mark. 6

Ross Barkley

This is a big summer for the England international, and a strong pre-season may decide whether he stays or goes, whether that be permanently or out on loan.

Barkley produced a couple of his trademark surguing runs forward with the ball and grabbed an assist as his corner was headed home by Ugbo. 7

Armando Broja

Started the half out wide but, after Tammy Abraham was brought off, moved into a central role. And with his first chance, Broja brought Chelsea level.

Rahman’s cross found the striker unmarked in the penalty area and after a touch, the 19-year-old beat Mark Travers with the help of a deflection.

Broja has scored in every pre-season game in which he has featured this summer. He is certainly building a case for a first-team role. 7

Tammy Abraham

Chelsea’s joint top scorer last season had two good sights of goal in the opening period but was twice denied by Bournemouth goalkeeper Travers. Didn’t have much of an impact after the break and was brought off on the hour mark. 6


Baba Rahman (for Marcos Alonso, 61)

Had 30 minutes to try to make an impact and did so with an excellent low cross that enabled Broja to equalise for the Blues. 7

Davide Zappacosta (for Callum Hudson-Odoi, 61)

There were a few nice touches from the Italian but he rarely got out of his own half as Chelsea’s attacks were focused down the left. 6

Ike Ugbo (For Tammy Abraham, 61)

The striker is likely to depart in the coming days for Belgium football, but he marked his apperance with what proved to be the winner. Barkley’s corner was met by Ugbo, who headed home at the near post. 7

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