Three players key to Chelsea’s Premier League title bid

Shona Duthie examines three players who will be key for Chelsea in their bid to win Premier League title

By Shona Duthie

Thibaut Courtois

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has done nothing but impress fans of the Premier League since he returned to Chelsea after a loan spell at Atletico Madrid. He managed to keep 12 clean sheets last season and is one of Chelsea’s most vital players. While he has not had the best starts to the season, as he was sent off in the first game and has conceded since, he still has a lot of time to learn. Goalkeepers can keep playing for a long time in their careers and Courtois has already shown what he is capable of. He can certainly keep Chelsea in the title race and save them points when needed.

Pedro Rodriguez

The new summer signing has already showed what he is worth when he scored on his first game for the club. Pedro Rodriguez was known at Barcelona for scoring those all-important goals that mean you could win or lose the game, the trophy or the league. His vast experience in cup games, the Champions League and La Liga title deciders will help Chelsea in their run for their title bid. Pedro has done it all, as he became the only player to score in all six competitions in a season when playing for Barcelona. Manager Jose Mourinho will be happy that he acquired the Spanish international as he proves game on game why he is a key player in the Chelsea squad.

Eden Hazard

The PFA player of the year needs no huge introduction. Hazard was exceptional last season and can find this form once again. He was vital in Chelsea’s Premier League title win last season and is one of their best players. Not only does Hazard score goals, he races past defenders, creates chances for teammates and also defends. He is versatile and has proved on countless of occasions how valuable he is. This season he will be linking up in the midfield with Pedro and they are a deadly duo for any defence. Hazard still proves to be one of the best in the Premier League as he continues to improve each game. Although he has had a slow start to the season, many feel he will come back into his own and prove to be that deadly midfielder that scored 20 goals for club and country last season. Hazard was also named the sixth best player in the world on Fifa 16. This is something that will give him an extra boost of confidence.

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