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Chelsea player ratings: Saul Niguez puts in another abysmal performance as Mason Mount saves day at Watford

CHELSEA kept their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win at Watford. Goals from Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech secured an important victory at Vicarage Road after Sunday’s draw with Manchester United. But who was Chelsea’s best player against the Hornets? And did anyone have a game to forget? […] ...

CHELSEA kept their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win at Watford.

Goals from Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech secured an important victory at Vicarage Road after Sunday’s draw with Manchester United.

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Mason Mount was Chelsea’s best player as his goal helped secure a 2-1 win at Watford[/caption]

But who was Chelsea’s best player against the Hornets? And did anyone have a game to forget?

Here, Simon Phillips delivers his Chelsea player ratings…

Edouard Mendy – 7

He actually kept Chelsea in the game in the first 45 making two good saves, and there wasn’t much he could do for Watford’s first goal. Usually he has little to do, but not tonight. Played well though.

Trevoh Chalobah – 6

One of the few who didn’t look overly shocking in those first 45 minutes for Chelsea but still not great. He unfortunately went off with a hamstring injury early in the second half.

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Andreas Christensen – 6

He looked a little lost at the heart of the defence as Chelsea struggled to play out and were under the cosh from Watford. He certainly didn’t bring the same confident stature as Thiago Silva. He got better in the second half when he played at right centre back.

Antonio Rudiger – 6

Very poor first 45 minutes from him, which is very unusual lately. He was giving the ball away and looked clueless trying to bring the ball out from the back. Again, like those aorund him he improved a lot in the second half.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 4

The captain certainly didn’t show any composure when those around him were folding in the first half. He was pretty useless at wing back and was not helping keep the ball at all. No surprise to see him taken off.

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Saul Niguez was once again abysmal in midfield[/caption]

Saul Niguez – 2

Unfortunately I must refrain from some very bad words I’d use to describe his performance, because he was utterly shocking and didn’t even look League Two quality let alone Premier League. Awful.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6

Another poor first 45 from him, he couldn’t keep the ball, kept getting tackled, and his passing was also poor. It was him losing the ball in midfield that gifted Watford a goal. He did get better in the second half though like the majority of Chelsea’s players.

Marcos Alonso – 4

Another shockingly poor first 45 from Alonso at left wing back and it really does show the massive gap between the quality of him and Ben Chilwell. Watford were targeting him down the left. He did do well for Chelsea’s second goal though.

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Hakim Ziyech also netted in the win at Vicarage Road[/caption]

Mason Mount – 8

One of Chelsea’s few bright sparks driving everything in attack. He did very well to finish his goal and put Chelsea in front totally against the run of play. Did even better to assist Ziyech to put Chelsea ahead.

Christian Pulisic – 6

He was also all over the place in the first 45, could not dribble, could not pass, kept giving it away, and he didn’t help out much defensively either. His second half was much much better and he effected things a lot more.

Kai Havertz – 8

He did well to setup Mount and had a couple of good dribbles in the first half. Along with Mount, he was one of the more livelier Chelsea players.

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Thiago Silva for Saul (HT) – 7

Came on to bring some experience and calmness to the back and to Chelsea’s possession, and he made an instant positive impact.

Hakim Ziyech for Chalobah (59 mins) – 6

Forced change with Chalobah getting injured, he provided a great finish to put Chelsea 2-1 up!

Romelu Lukaku for Azpilicueta (69 mins) – 7

Last throw of the dice for Chelsea and he was a nuisance to the Watford backline.

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