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Chelsea’s Three Best Players Win in Brighton

Chelsea are close to qualifying for Europe after beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Back in March, the Blues were only 11th in the Premier League table, but good form in the final stages of the season has put them straight back into contention for a place in the Europa League or Conference League.

Goals from Cole Palmer and Christopher Nkunku lifted Mauricio Pochettino’s side into second position at the Amex Stadium before a red card for captain Reece James opened the door for a late Seagulls comeback. Danny Welbeck scored another goal for the hosts in stoppage time, but Chelsea held on and secured victory.

Here are Chelsea’s three best players on the south coast.

Cole Palmer

Palmer again, ole ole / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Even though Chelsea are not competing in the European Cup this season, Cole Palmer has managed to register 41 goal contributions – 27 goals, 14 assists – this season.

Even if you take out the penalties, that’s a shocking number of involvements.

Despite the Blues’ various crises on and off the pitch, only two players in Chelsea’s history – Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – have surpassed Palmer’s tally of 22 Premier League goals in a single season.

In Palmer’s most recent appearance, he converted a header from a cross from Marc Cucurella high and into the far corner. Get a man who can do everything.

Christopher Nkunku

Nkunku held his iconic celebration / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Given that they are now just eight points away from the Premier League’s final Champions League spot, it’s hard not to wonder how Chelsea’s season could have turned out if star signing Christopher Nkunku’s season hadn’t would have been affected by injuries.

The 26-year-old would certainly have helped ease the goal-scoring burden that often falls on Palmer’s shoulders, and given Pochettino’s penchant for getting goals out of his best strikers, one can imagine him being seriously underperforming at times achievements, would have celebrated in the final third.

Malo Gusto set up Nkunku for this goal for the club and gave his typical balloon celebration in front of the traveling fans. Chelsea will certainly be hoping this will be the case more often next season.

Malo wants

Okay, buddy, put it away / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Chelsea’s full-back situation has taken some unexpected turns this season.

Ahead of the season, right-back James was named club captain and left-back Ben Chilwell was named vice-captain. As the season comes to an end, you have to ask yourself if they should even still be the first choice.

Cucurella, who has finally hit form in a reversed role and provided the assist for Palmer’s opener, has nailed Chilwell’s role during his injury absence, and James’ main issues remain his fitness and discipline as he received a red card for a whimsical kick out against Joao Pedro.

Chelsea were fortunate to have Gusto, one of their best signings in recent years, able to reliably step in for James, and if their captain ever leaves Stamford Bridge, it would be no problem moving on without him.

Gusto’s assist – his ninth of the season – for Nkunku saw him line up behind Simon Adingra before he set about picking out his compatriot with a pinpoint cut, the French connection Chelsea fans have been craving for months.

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