Welcome to POTG, or Player(s) Of The Game, where you rate the team after a League/Cup game and decide who the POTG is, and more. Today we look at our 0-0 Draw against Southampton.
If you want to see a far more well researched and detailed analysis of each game, with lots of statistics and data to back it up, I highly recommend taking a look at Mithrandir's data blog he is starting up. These articles are much more opinionated and gives the fans a chance to rate the players themselves, so everyone has a voice.
How the ratings work:
8: Very Good
3: Very Poor
1: Bob Bradley
Paul Clement: 3.96
It is not surprising to see our manager suffer such a bad rating after the Southampton game. 64% of the Jack Army thought that Clement was wrong in his substitions, controversially leaving Roque Mesa to sit on the bench for the entire match, preferring the Scottish Jay Fulton instead to replace an unusually quiet Leon Britton. It seems the way he set up the team was far too negative for fans as Swansea really only had one or two major chances in the game, however it seems as though Clement is very happy to take a point against opposition we usually struggle against.
Lukasz Fabianski: 7.04 (POTG)
Fabianski had a good game against Southampton, keeping us in the game when our defenders where beat. He kept a clean sheet despite a ton of major chances coming Southampton's way including several efforts from The Saint's Dusan Tadic and in my opinion deserves the first POTG award for Week 1.
Martin Olsson: 5.52
Olsson was slightly below average against Southampton, but I feel as thought he wasn't given free reign like usual when he blasts down the left with his pace, but told to be slightly more conservative and focus on defending first rather than attack. Didn't play badly but not his usual standard.
Alfie Mawson: 6.24
Mawson proved to me yesterday why he is a main staple in the defence and one of the first names on the team sheet. He took control of the defence as usual and was one of the reasons Southampton failed to score against the Swans.
Federico Fernandez: 5.92
Fede, in contrast to Mawson, looked slightly worse for wear on Saturday and almost gave away a penalty and made some schoolboy errors. However, he didn't make any major mistakes that led to a goal, so he does get away with it.
Kyle Naughton: 5.00
Naughton was bang-average not only for me but in the ratings, and for good reason as he failed to make a major impact in the game.
Leon Britton: 5.12
King Leon was not at all near his game today as it felt like the pace of the game had just completely overwhelmed him. I predict that this game was a simply an anomaly however it is a reminder that he can't keep being on top of his game at almost 35 years of age.
Leroy Fer: 5.44
Fer was the polar opposite of his game against Sampdoria, and I fear he was told to be a Central-Defensive midfielder and defend a lot more so he couldn't push forward with flashy skills and instead hesitated to go forward and that may be one of the reasons our attack was so practically non-existent.
Tom Carroll: 5.20
I feel Tom also was also not given such a free role and his game was clearly impacted as he was a shadow of his normal self.
Wayne Routledge: 3.12
Routledge, in my opinion, has somehow managed to become worse than he was in the last season. He was so obviously lacking in any sort of pace, creativity, and was completely overwhelmed by better, more competent opposition. Sorry Borini but I think Routledge's time as a first team player is over.
Jordan Ayew: 5.04
Jordan Ayew tried to use his pace and brilliant close control to his advantage but he had no one to help support him so then he was made redundant as the game wore on. He was probably the player who actually tried the hardest and ran his heart out so I think to say he was below average is harsh to how he played.
Tammy Abraham: 5.76
Tammy was unlucky to not score early on. He clearly has ability and is one of the most exciting prospects to come from Chelsea's youth system. He was however unlucky to not score in a match where the directive from the get go was to defend. Definitely guaranteed a starting position against Manchester United.
(SUB) Jay Fulton: 4.12
Fulton did not do much in the time he was given. To a lot of people the obvious substitution would have been Roque Mesa but perhaps Clement sees something in him a lot of people don't. He needs to step up his game if he wants more game time.
(SUB) Kyle Bartley: 4.20
This is one rating that surprised me. I thought Bartley did well in his time but perhaps he wasn't given enough time to prove himself in the 3 at the back Clement switched to at the end. He looked competent if not unremarkable.
(SUB) Oliver McBurnie: 3.64
McBurnie didn't do much in the little time he was given. I feel that to give him one of the lowest scores however is harsh but he could've done more.
Overall Team Peformance: 5.38
Overall the team performed worse than what we've come to expect and I don't see us changing tactics against Man U. The defence were the best part of the game while the midfield was lacking. Expect more signings to come in August especially if Siggy leaves.
Opposition performance: 6.40
Southampton looked much better than us but did not finish any chances and we managed to snatch a point off a game we would usually lose, so credit to the team.
Match Officials (Mike Jones): 6.04
The referee played exactly as should be expected despite not giving a penalty to Southampton in the first half.
Top 5 Performers this season:
1. Lukasz Fabianski: 7.04
2. Alfie Mawson: 6.24
3. Federico Fernandez: 5.92
4. Tammy Abraham: 5.76
5. Martin Olsson: 5.52
Top 5 Worst Performers this season:
1. Wayne Routledge: 3.12
2. Oliver McBurnie: 3.64
3. Jay Fulton: 4.12
4. Kyle Bartley: 4.20
5. Kyle Naughton: 5.00
What did you guys think of the first POTG? All feedback is appreciated!