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Chelsea’s New Signings Rated And Reviewed After Another Strong Campaign In Premier League Football

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Chelsea went through a long and grueling campaign which ended with the Blues securing a third-place finish in the Premier League table last weekend. The West London outfit also deserve a lot of credit for bagging the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup this season.

However, all was not rosy for Thomas Tuchel’s men as they had to go through the heartbreak of losing both domestic cup finals at the hands of Liverpool on penalties.

Even then, the London giants have done well to go strong on all fronts this season ahead of what seems like another summer of rebuilding at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea decided to sign three players last summer in the form of Romelu Lukaku, Saul Niguez and Marcus Bettinelli.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea reacts after missing a chance during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on May 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Let’s take a look at how each of them fared during this campaign.

Romelu Lukaku – 6/10

The Belgian striker sealed a big move from Inter Milan last summer but initially struggled to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge. He also had a few problems making some controversial public comments which led to Tuchel dropping him for an important home game versus Liverpool.

Still, Lukaku deserves some credit for scoring a handful of important goals for the Blues over the past ten months. He ended the campaign with 15 goals and two assists to his name.

Saul Niguez – 6/10

Since arriving on loan from Atletico Madrid last summer, Saul has failed to impress but has played the role of a decent squad player at the West London club. The 27-year-old has been an asset for Chelsea at times because of his versatility and experience.

The Spanish midfielder made 23 appearances for Tuchel’s side this season, scoring just one goal across all competitions. Saul anchored the midfield with conviction by averaging 2.0 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 0.9 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League (stats via whoscored).

Marcus Bettinelli – 5/10

Bettinelli assumed the duties of Chelsea’s third-choice keeper and often found himself behind Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga in Tuchel’s pecking order. With hardly any playing time on offer, the English talent will still enjoy his Super Cup and Club World Cup winners’ medals.

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