Enzo Fernandez went some way to repaying his £107m fee on an impressive debut but Mykhailo Mudryk failed to light up Stamford Bridge, while David Fofana was denied a goalscoring start… how the Blues’ newest superstars faired against Fulham
- Chelsea’s newest January arrivals were put on show against Fulham on Friday
- Sportsmail gives their expert verdict on the performances of each debutant
- READ MORE: Chelsea 0-0 Fulham – Big spending Blues held to stalemate draw
Chelsea splurged £323m on January signings as Todd Boehly’s cash-injecting revolution encountered it’s first winter transfer window. Friday evening’s Premier League clash against Fulham gave everyone the chance to see whether it was money well spent or further pounds down the drain.
Argentina World Cup winning midfielder Enzo Fernandez dominated the pre-match build-up as he was given the green light to make his Chelsea debut following his £107m arrival, while Mykhailo Mudryk prepared himself for a first Stamford Bridge outing.
Blues boss Graham Potter let off the shackles amid the club’s desperate search to climb up the Premier League standings but couldn’t find the correct balance against an impressive Fulham side.
Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by their cross-city opponents who move up to sixth in the Premier League table as their European ambitions received another boost.
So did Chelsea’s debutants shine as expected or are we already seeing signs of poor investment? Sportsmail rates the club’s newest arrivals against Fulham.
Chelsea’s record-breaking £107m man Enzo Fernandez produces a strong performance on his club debut against Fulham
Enzo Fernandez – 7
All eyes were on the teamsheet an hour before kick-off to see whether £107m English record-breaking signing Enzo Fernandez would feature. Not only did he make the squad, the Argentinian started and played the full 90 minutes for the struggling hosts.
Fernandez produced a sound performance on his debut, breaking up play in defence and one of Chelsea’s few bright sparks when in attack.
The midfielder demonstrated his box-to-box abilities, boasting 96 touches and completing two successful dribbles amidst a combative Fulham midfield.
His shot midway through the second-half looked goalbound but just went wide of the upright. A strong debut nonetheless that will give Chelsea fans hope for the future.
Fernandez almost lit Stamford Bridge up in the closing moments against Fulham as this strike went just wide
The Argentinian was thrust into Chelsea’s starting side and played 90 minutes against Fulham
Fernandez (right) was arguably Chelsea’s best player in the stalemate draw on Friday
Mykhailo Mudryk – 3
Chelsea supporters expect a lot from the Ukrainian winger and rightfully so after his £88m January arrival. Against Fulham, however, the pace merchant struggled to demonstrate just why the club paid so much for his services and was hooked at half-time by Graham Potter.
It hasn’t yet been revealed whether his untimely departure was injury or performance related, but judging by his first-half outing, the latter is more likely.
Mudryk caused Liverpool’s defence all sorts of problems last time out, against Fulham he was suffocated of space and was easily managed out of the game. A real welcome to Premier League football if ever there was one.
Mudryk struggled on his Stamford Bridge debut and was hooked at half-time by Graham Potter
The Ukrainian winger (right) was easily kept out of the game by Fulham’s well-marshalled defence
David Fofana – 6
You’d be forgiven for forgetting that Chelsea signed David Datro Fofana in the January transfer window given how many players did make their way through the revolving door of Stamford Bridge.
But he showed enough in a 15-minute cameo against Fulham that suggests the club have unearthed an attacking gem.
Fofana almost broke the deadlock minutes after stepping onto the pitch having latched onto Conor Gallagher’s lofted pass and rounding Fulham goalkeeper Leno but scuffing his eventual strike that was cleared off the line.
He was energetic, showed calmness when under-pressure and could have had more chances if his teammates had shown similar quality.
David Fofana should have scored the winning goal with this strike but was denied by a goal-line clearance
Noni Madueke – 6
The relatively unknown English-born winger joined from PSV and looks to have been one of Todd Boehly’s more reasonable signings after making the switch to London in a £26m move.
Madueke replaced Mudryk at half-time and demonstrated the qualities that the Ukrainian should have been showing as he cut inside, beat his opposite number for pace and looked lively in the final third for the hosts.
Sometimes tried too hard to make something happen but can be forgiven given the nature of making his Stamford Bridge debut.
Noni Madueke replaced Mudryk at half-time and produced an improved showing
Madueke (right) caused Fulham problems with his blistering pace getting the winger into dangerous positions
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