Kennedy has had a good start to life in the Premier League and in England generally. Not a huge summer signing, coming in for £6.3 million, but one that looks a bargain. Kennedy slipped in without much notice and has featured in the Premier League, as well as having a man of the match performance against Walsall where he scored a goal and got an assist. He looks sharp, creative and skillful with good energy and pace. With Chelsea having let go of Victor Moses and Juan Cuadrado there is room for him to battle his way into the side, perhaps as a no.10 or on one of the flanks. Whilst he might not end the season as a regular starter he looks like he’ll emerge as a regular squad player.
2) Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Chelsea’s midfield balance has been poor this season but Ruben Loftus-Cheek has emerged as a good option. The club did not sign any top midfielders in the summer, despite being linked with Paul Pogba et all. Loftus-Cheek benefited from this and has made the most of his chances so far. Against Walsall he was assured and he also had a very good game against Macabi Haifa in the Champions League. A good left foot and good stature, Lofus-Cheek could arguably displace one of Chelsea’s midfielders this season or at the very least get ahead of John Obi Mikel and Ramires in the pecking order.
3) Baba Rahman
Signed from Germany for just shy of £20 million Rahman is no home grown star. He is however a very young fullback with a lot of potential. Against Haifa he looked like a complete full-back, good energy going forward and great pace on the recovery. Chelsea’s full-back roles don’t look certain this season and Rahman could displace Azpilicueta at left-back who may move across to right back. Rahman is more of a modern full-back with a lot of pace who can offer more width and genuine attacking threat than Chelsea’s current options.
4) Kurt Zouma
Zouma has possibly already broken into the side but he looks the main beneficiary of Chelsea’s failure to sign John Stones. Zouma has broken into the side and featured in every Premier League game this season. He looks also to have started to displace John Terry in the side. Chelsea’s back four lacks pace and mobility which has created an opening for Zouma, who is far more physical and combative than Terry or Cahill (two very slow players). Come the end of the season Chelsea may be less keen to spend £40 million on Stones.