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Chelsea player ratings vs Newcastle: Abraham and Werner shine as Blues go top of the table

Chelsea have gone to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park. An own goal from Federico Fernandez and a goal from Tammy Abraham sealed a comfortable win for Frank Lampard’s side. Express Sport take a look at how each Chelsea player did and you can read our individual ratings below.

Chelsea player ratings vs Newcastle United – Premier League

GK: Edouard Mendy – 7

Mendy barely had anything to do in the Chelsea goal, not being forced into a save until the 79th minute.

The Senegal international has now kept four clean sheets in his first five Premier League appearances.

DR: Reece James – 7

Fresh from only playing one game for England in the international break, James was once again a threat going forward for Frank Lampard’s side.

The 20-year-old suffered a knock on the hour mark but was able to continue.

Cesar Azpilicueta faces a fight to regain his spot in the side.

DC: Kurt Zouma – 7

Zouma looked assured again at the back despite the absence of Thiago Silva.

The Frenchman’s aerial ability was key against a Newcastle side who lined up with Joelinton up top.

DC: Antonio Rudiger – 6

Rudiger made his first appearance of the season in the Premier League and he filled in admirably for the absent Silva.

The German was rarely troubled and proved Lampard has adequate cover for his first-choice pairing.

He did well to prevent a late Andy Carroll goal.

DL: Ben Chilwell – 7

Chilwell continues to impress following his summer arrival from Leicester City.

The England international once again got forward plenty of times and played a crucial role in the first goal.

The officials adjudged Chilwell had not pushed Fernandez before the Newcastle man turned the ball into his own net. Substituted on 82 minutes.

CDM: N’Golo Kante – 7

Kante is back playing in the role he almost made his own in front of the Chelsea defence.

The Frenchman did well to limit the amount of times Newcastle could put pressure on the Blues’ 18-yard area.

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CM: Mateo Kovacic – 7

Another solid performance from Kovacic, who is being allowed more freedom to venture forward by Lampard.

The Croatian scored twice in the international break but his early shot at St James’ Park failed to test Karl Darlow.

CM: Mason Mount – 7

Mount is becoming Mr Reliable for Lampard as well as England boss Gareth Southgate.

Missed a big chance on 78 minutes after a fine turn, scuffing his effort past Darlow’s right-hand post.

RW: Hakim Ziyech – 7

Ziyech was not quite in the same form as he was during the 4-1 win over Sheffield United earlier this month.

But the Morocco international still could have grabbed a couple of assists if his team-mates were more clinical in front of goal.

ST: Tammy Abraham – 8

Abraham has now scored in his last three Chelsea appearances, cooly slotting past Darlow to double the visitors’ lead on 65 minutes.

A good all-round performance from the England man but will be disappointed not to have scored with a first-half header.

LW: Timo Werner – 8

Werner was the best player on the pitch up until his finishing.

The German fluffed his lines in front of goal on at least two occasions as well as forcing Darlow into a fine save.

He made up for his misses by laying on the assist for Abraham with an electric run through the Newcastle defence.

Werner finally had the ball in the back of the net just before he was substituted on 76 minutes, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

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