Early Grades for Chelsea's Summer Signings
The 2012-2013 Premier League season is now well under way and the Chelsea fans have had a real chance to take a look at their new signings.
Chelsea splashed out almost £90 million this summer on a number of exciting young talents.
Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Victor Moses, Marko Marin, Oscar and Cesar Azpilicueta have all been added to the Blues' ranks this summer.
Some of the new arrivals have yet to make their Chelsea debut either through injury or competition for places but we have had an opportunity to see three of the new boys in action.
Chelsea's league cup tie Tuesday night with Wolverhampton Wanderers should hand a debut to Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta, but we have yet to see him in action to give him a grade.
So how have these players rated since joining Chelsea and how have they adapted to the English style of play and pace of the Premier League?
Cost: £32 million
Eden Hazard started the season like a man on a mission, dazzling defenders and adding more than an assist a game in his first three starts.
He looks a composed, intelligent footballer who is strong on the ball, and his low centre of gravity allows him to change direction and take defenders out of the game with one touch.
Had Hazard kept up the form he showed in his first few games, he would be a definite 10-out-of-10, but he has come off the boil slightly in his last few appearances.
He is still showing moments of brilliance, as he always will, but he looks as if he may need a games rest, which may well happen against Wolves in the League Cup.
Cost: £25 million
Still only 21 years old, this young man looks to be an extremely talented player. He has really impressed in his few appearances for Chelsea so far this season.
He is a tricky, skilful player with extraordinary vision and timing on the ball. His only weakness that I have seen is that he is quite lightweight and can be muscled out of challenges too easily at times.
After two substitute appearances, Oscar finally got his chance for a start in a Champions League tie with Juventus.
He took his chance with both hands by scoring two goals and putting in an all-around solid performance.
And anyone who saw his second goal in that game will know that Oscar has world-class potential and if he is given a run in the first team, he will be a force to be reckoned with.
Cost: £9 million
After a number of failed attempts to sign Moses, Chelsea finally secured his signature after an impressive display against them for Wigan earlier this season.
Moses has only made a handful of substitute appearances so far for Chelsea, but when he has played he has looked very impressive.
With the Blues now adopting a more creative-minded attacking midfield, it has left the team short of width in some areas.
With Oscar, Hazard and Mata all being players who like to use their intricate passing ability to make goalscoring opportunities, it can make the team slightly predictable if the opposition defence knows that the majority of attacks are coming through the middle of the pitch.
This is why Moses will be an important player for Chelsea this season. His pace and strength will give the side a different attacking outlet should the defence shut out the passing moves on the edge of the box.
Moses should make his full debut tonight, and if he can perform for 90 minutes like he has done in his substitute appearances, then I expect him to be a game changer.
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