Chelsea summer signings rated after performance against Everton

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Chelsea lavished over £200m in the summer of 2020 and another £97.5m in 2021, and one of the team’s biggest problem is that most of those signings have failed impress at the club.

Romelu Lukaku has returned to Inter Milan, Timo Werner is set for a return to former club RB Leipzig, and an exit for Hakim Ziyech is also being mooted for an exit.

However, it seems Chelsea’s signings this summer are getting at speed with their new environment.

The trio of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella all impressed in their debut for Chelsea against Everton.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin was left impressed with the performance of the trio.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Anyone watching will have realised that the new signings in particular had very impressive league debuts for the club.

“Raheem was lively, intelligent, hardworking and as skilful as anyone on the field. Sometimes it takes a little while to fit into a new club, Raheem looked like he had been there for years.

“It helps when you know some of your new team-mates, so having England colleagues Mason Mount, Reece James and Ben Chilwell alongside to work with, would have helped him massively.

“Koulibaly had a dream start to his Chelsea career. Considering he is looked upon as the replacement to fill the huge shoes of Toni Rudiger, he looks like he takes a minimum of a size 14 himself.

“He was colossal and even though he will have many tougher challenges than Everton were able to throw at him, it looks like the concerns of many about the giant hole left by Rudiger leaving – yes, I admit, including me – might not be such a big problem after all.

“What was clearly needed in the second half was energy, as the sluggishness of the game threatened to have us fall back into a far too defensive position, which is why the introduction of Marc Cucurella was such a relief.”

What do you think about the performance of the  three signings?