“Chelsea finally looks like the side many believed they would be when Frank Lampard flexed the Roman Abramovich credit card during the summer,” writes Darren Lewis for the Mirror. “There were just three starters from the team that lined up for last season’s FA Cup Final.
“But after just one unconvincing win from their first three Premier League wins of the season, this was the statement win to set out their stall for the remainder of the campaign.
“There is still business to be done before Monday’s deadline but they should be outgoings. This recalibrated Chelsea squad looks ready to rumble.”
“This was Ben Chilwell’s afternoon, a Premier League debut to remember for his new club,” writes Rob Draper for the Mail. “Assisting him were a raft of academy graduates: Kurt Zouma heading home, Callum Hudson-Odoi disciplined and daring in equal measure and Tammy Abraham, always threatening, not least when trying to grab a penalty off Jorginho at the end.
“Frank Lampard gave him short shrift for that but it was a reminder that the new Chelsea will need to be a blend of expensive signings and youth team graduates, more exotic overseas recruitment and some bog standard obvious English ones.
“And if the best left back since Ashley Cole is emerging, then why not sign him?
“Chilwell was outstanding with a fine finish and a glorious assist and, in the second half at least, he was a constant threat.
The other fascinating performance was Hudson-Odoi, involved in build up to the first two goals. A week ago he looked a fringe player destined to move. A half against West Brom, an appearance against Spurs and a start here, he now looks too good to lose.
“And now Bayern Munich want him, Chelsea are jealously guarding him. The next 36 hours will determine whether he is destined to flourish as the jewel of the Chelsea academy or embark on an adventure to the European champions.”
“It has taken Chelsea £121.3million and six years to try to find the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole and while it is still early days in Ben Chilwell’s bid to fill his boots, the club’s latest expensive left-back could not have made a better start,” writes Matt Law for the Telegraph.
“Chilwell’s inclusion not only coincided with Chelsea’s first Premier League clean sheet of the season, but the £50m summer signing from Leicester City also registered a goal and assist on his League debut for the Blues.
“Marcos Alonso had chosen to try to watch the second half of Chelsea’s draw at West Bromwich Albion from the team bus after being dragged off at half-time the previous weekend.
“And the Spaniard left out of Frank Lampard’s squad for the visit of Crystal Palace, may have been watching the second period from behind his sofa this week as Chilwell showed exactly why Chelsea were willing to spend so big on him.
“Alonso has had his moments for Chelsea, but he is more comfortable in a back five, while Filipe Luis, Baba Rahman and Emerson Palmeiri all struggled to make an impact in Cole’s position.”
“A win is obviously all that’s important at this stage of the campaign, but it already feels like one of the longer-term themes of this season is going to be the style of play Lampard gets out of one of the most expensive attacks ever assembled,” writes Miguel Delaney for the Independent.
“That pressure is going to stay there until there is a real release in their game. Roman Abramovich didn’t sanction this kind of expenditure to win games by opposition error, a rudimentary cross, and two penalties.
“He wants creativity, fluidity and sparkle. Chelsea, for all their goals, didn’t supply much of any of that here.
“There wasn’t even really a move to remember.
“While an obvious explanation for all that is that it’s so early in a campaign without a proper pre-season but with a lot of new signings, it still feels like Lampard is very much figuring out the basics of where these players should play – most of all, Werner.
“What he does when he has Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech will be fascinating, and instructive – certainly a lot more than much of this mostly dull win.