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Player ratings: Fulham 0-2 Chelsea

Written by George Rossiter on 2nd October 2023

George Rossiter returns with the player ratings.

Fulham fell to a fairly dismal defeat in the SW6 derby as a 30-second meltdown saw local neighbours Chelsea take the three points back to Stamford Bridge. Defensive errors may have cost Fulham but it’s not unfair to say that the team simply didn’t show up, especially in the opening 45 minutes. Sheffield United come to the Cottage this weekend, providing Silva’s side with the perfect opportunity to bounce back to winning ways.

Bernd Leno

You have to feel a bit sorry for any goalkeeper who has to witness both of his centre-back having complete brain freezes in quick succession in front of him. Leno was powerless as some brain-dead defending gave Chelsea two guilt edge early chances. A brilliant save from Enzo Fernandez on the hour mark stopped the game being put to bed even further. 6/10

Timothy Castagne

Despite being isolated fairly often against the rapid Ukranian Mudryk, Castagne coped better than most others in black and white. Quite frankly, he was one of the only Fulham players that came out of the game with any credit. Once again the Belgian looked promising in attacking areas and added to Fulham’s all round play when they did get the ball. 6.5/10 – Man of the match

Issa Diop

These moments where Diop switches off in key moments happen frustratingly often at the moment. You cannot be caught ball watching at this level and Mudryk couldn’t have had a better chance to sneak behind his man if he’d tried, and he duly punished Diop. The Frenchman struggled in his duels with Broja and overall didn’t give a good showing of himself at all. 4/10

Tim Ream

I’m not one for jumping on any bandwagon regarding Tim Ream’s age, but considering his regular composure, the mistake he made to allow such an easy second Chelsea goal, seconds after their first, is borderline unforgivable. The American struggled all night to match up to Chelsea’s attacking intensity and was caused all sorts of issues in his own box. Arguably his poorest individual showing of the Marco Silva era. 4/10

Antonee Robinson

Robinson found it really hard against Cole Palmer, who skinned him time after time in the first half. Whether that had a knock on effect in his confidence or not, it was worrying seeing how often he willingly turned and played the ball backwards throughout. By the time he’d remembered how to defend on the front foot and overlap his winger, the game was dead. 5/10

Joao Palhinha

That might be the first time I have ever seen Palhinha look lost in a game of football. Don’t get me wrong, the whole midfield struggled, but you just don’t expect it with the level of performance we are used to from the Portuguese midfielder. Fernandez and Gallagher continuously ran through the middle of the park with ease as Palhinha was dragged here there and everywhere, we can only assume this game is an anomaly. 5/10

Harrison Reed

Another player that has set such high standards that it’s strange to see him struggle in a game so much. It’s so rare to see Harrison get outrun in a midfield battle but the previously mentioned Fernandez and Gallagher made him look completely average and his performance was nothing other than anonymous. 5/10

Andreas Pereira

There’s a good player in there with bags of technical quality and energy… but we don’t see it enough. And often, when the going gets tough, Andreas is the last man to pull something out of the bag, instead he simply goes missing and pops up to take the occasional set piece. For the quality he has and the position he plays, he must contribute more. Iwobi must be in line for a start soon. 4.5/10

Harry Wilson

To be honest, at the time he was subbed off, there had been plenty of worse performers so that felt quite harsh. Wilson spent a lot of time stuck on the touchline struggling to get his foot on the ball and make an impact. When he did see the ball, there were signs of a decent partnership brewing with Castagne, but again, it was a quieter showing than we’d expect from Wilson. 6/10


He just looked so predictable throughout. Last season there was pace and variation in everything Willian did… yet this season he looks a completely different player. He seems to just want to cut inside at every given opportunity and nothing comes of it because the defenders know it’s coming. Silva says Willian’s best form will come soon, I really hope he’s right. 5/10

Raul Jimenez

Copy and paste from every previous game. Decent on the ball, no lack of effort etc. But how long can a manager persist with a situation like this? Raul is a striker who looks completely incapable of scoring. You can make the argument that he’s not getting the chances… but his replacement looked so much more likely. Vinicius has to start very soon, this can’t continue, we can’t keep playing a striker who doesn’t score goals. 5/10


Carlos Vinicius

Subbed on after 53 minutes for Raul Jimenez

Instantly caused issues for the Chelsea backline and looked to make them panic on the ball. Had a couple of decent headed efforts and overall looked the much more likely striker to get a goal. He actually found space in the box even when it was sparse. Has to start soon. 6.5/10

Alex Iwobi

Subbed on after 53 minutes for Harry Wilson

Made a positive impact off the bench, running at Chelsea defenders with pace and looking to create, which was a breath of fresh air considering our attacking display. Must be in line for a starting spot in the coming games. 6.5/10

Tom Cairney

Subbed on after 65 minutes for Harrison Reed

Could have done with a player like TC from the start, someone who gets his foot on the ball and uses it. His ball through to Sasa Lukic in the area was magical and deserved an assist. 6.5/10

Sasa Lukic

Subbed on after 75 minutes for Andreas Pereira

Should have scored said chance – and then who knows how the game changes from there. 5.5/10

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