Chelsea Player Ratings vs Everton: Palmer world-class performance, Caicedo brilliant as Noni Madueke offers real threat

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Everton: Palmer world-class performance, Caicedo brilliant, Jackson superb

Chelsea cruised to a crucial three points with a resounding 6-0 victory against Everton on Monday evening.

It was another Cole Palmer-inspired performance from Chelsea, with the 21-year-old netting his 20th 21st, 22nd and 23rd goals of the season for the Blues in all competitions. Palmer opened the scoring on 13 minutes with a special goal, helped out by Nicolas Jackson, who laid the ball off to his teammate.

Jackson also had a big hand in Palmer’s second goal, with the striker’s initial shot stopped by Jordan Pickford. However, Palmer was on hand to head in the rebound and double Chelsea’s lead on the night.

A hat-trick soon followed. His second in as many matches at Stamford Bridge. After a glaring mistake from Pickford, Palmer, on his weaker right foot, found the back of the net with a delicate lobbed strike from 30-plus yards out.

Jackson then got a deserved goal. The Senegal international took Marc Cucurella’s cross down brilliantly, swivelled and hit the ball into the bottom corner for his 12th goal of the season in all competitions.

There was time for another Palmer goal. After Noni Madueke won a penalty, the winger was desperate to take it, which led to some ridiculous scenes with teammates bickering with one another. Either way, Palmer stepped up and converted it.

Alfie Gilchrist, on from the bench, scored Chelsea’s sixth goal to wrap up a sensational night for the Blues. The thumping win means Chelsea are now just one point below West Ham United, who occupy eighth-place. Below, are the rates of Chelsea players on how they performed at Stamford Bridge.

Djordje Petrovic – Had nothing to do, really. He will be thrilled with that. A much-needed clean sheet for the Serbian goalkeeper. 6.

Malo Gusto – Shaky start, but he got better as the match progressed. The French defender did not have his best match by any means but overall it was a solid display. 6.

Trevoh Chalobah – Chalobah looked really assured at the back, as he has done since returning from injury. 6.

Thiago Silva – Brilliant back there. Makes a crucial interception to prevent a James Tarkowski cross being tapped in during the first-half. 7.

Marc Cucurella – Gets the assist for Jackson in the end. I don’t think he started particularly well and got away with a couple of ‘hospital passes’ but he gets better as the game progresses. 7.

Moises Caicedo – Nice anticipation shown to intercept a pass heading for Amadou Onana. He’s at his best when he’s on the front foot like that constantly. The Ecuadorian did similar moments later to knick it from Abdoulaye Doucoure. 8.

Conor Gallagher – Looked really good in there with Caicedo. They seemed to have an immediate understanding alongside each other in the double pivot. 7.

Noni Madueke – Positive start. Looked really sharp but then tailed off somewhat. Still an encouraging display nonetheless although you feel like he could have done more. 6.

Cole Palmer – His goal on 13 minutes is sheer class. There is no other way to describe it. A nutmeg, joke of a one-two and the finish is unstoppable. Special, special player.

A second and third goal soon followed. Back-to-back hat-tricks at Stamford Bridge. A staggering 23 goals for Chelsea in all competitions from Palmer now. 10.

Mykhailo Mudryk – Like Madueke, he could have done more. He just didn’t seem to get involved that much. Great run at the start of the second-half to set Palmer up one-versus-one, but Pickford did well to prevent the Chelsea attacker getting his fourth goal of the game. 6.

Nicolas Jackson – Plays a really big role in Palmer’s first two goals early on. Gets himself a much-needed goal late in the first-half. Really positive display from Jackson. 8.

Substitutes

Carney Chukwuemeka – Came on with just under 20 minutes to go. Could not get involved too much, unfortunately, but had a couple of nice moments on the ball. 6.

Ben Chilwell – Good to see him back. N/A.

Cesare Casadei – Nice to see him play some minutes. N/A.

Deivid Washington – Rare minutes, albeit not many. N/A.

Alfie Gilchrist – What a moment for him. The Cobham graduate scores his first goal for his boyhood club. Tremendous scenes. 7.

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