Cobham Crew star and Five things we learned as Chelsea hammer sorry Norwich

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Cobham Crew star and Five things we learned as Chelsea hammer sorry Norwich

Norwich put to the sword

Norwich were subject to one of the most humiliating scorelines in recent Premier League history as they found themselves on the end of a 7-0 battering at Stamford Bridge.

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3-0 up at half-time, a second-half red card for Ben Gibson only worsened things, as Mason Mount netted a hat-trick as all goalscorers were English for the first time this season for the Blues.

Here are 5 things 101 picked out from the encounter.

1. No striker? No problem

There were concerns in midweek when both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku limped out of their clash with Malmo, with a hamstring and ankle injury respectively.

Norwich, perhaps, were the best side that they could have come up against without the influential pair.

The Canaries showed why they are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table with a toothless display, so much so that auxiliary number 9 Kai Havertz played no part in any of the five goals.

With Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and Ross Barkley all operating in the wide areas at one time or another, there remains plenty of strength in the squad without their record signing.

Equally, the goals are spread around the Chelsea side, with Hudson Odoi becoming the seventeenth different Chelsea player to net this season

Tougher tests will certainly prevent themselves, but based on this form, they won’t miss the pair too much.

2. Cobham Crew continue to impress

Mason Mount claimed the match ball, but it was a number of Cobham graduates that impressed on the Premier League stage this afternoon.

Mount has, of course, been at the top of his game for some time, but he was joined today by Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James, all of whom chipped in with goals in a thoroughly impressive performance.

It is refreshing to see so much talent come through the Chelsea youth academy on the pitch (All mentioned above except Chilwell), with Chelsea having previously had a history of being somewhat stingy when it came to promoting youth players.

With all three, plus Trevor Chalobah and Ruben Loftus Cheek getting minutes today, the future is bright for the Chelsea academy.

3. Norwich target Derby’s record

It was another torrid afternoon for Norwich, who have now lost 17 of their last 19 top-flight games, spanning their last two seasons in the Premier League.

The 7 goals shipped this afternoon means that Norwich have conceded 23 in just 9 games, while they themselves have netted on two occasions.

With just two points to their name one-quarter of the way through the season, they are well on track to beat Derby County’s record low points tally in the Premier League, with the Rams amassing just 11 points, with one win.

How will the Canaries prevent themselves heading back to the Championship?

4. Are Chelsea genuine title contenders?

On the other hand, Chelsea looked a well polished machine, albeit with the caveat that they were only facing Norwich. Missing N’Golo Kante, as well as Lukaku, Werner and Andreas Christensen, Thomas Tuchel’s side looked unfazed and totally dominated proceedings.

The scoreline could have been far worse too, had it not been for some big saves from Tim Krul in the Norwich goal.

With the Blues’ watertight defence, plus their newfound ability to score goals, are they real title contenders this season?

5. Hudson-Odoi is ready to take the next step

It has been seasons in the making, but it finally seems that Callum Hudson Odoi is ready to take the next step up.

The youngster impressed before suffering a serious knee injury, which delayed his career for a year. However, based on today’s performance, he could well be ready to add a much needed other dimension to Chelsea’s attacks.

Blessed with pace, quick feet and fabulous finishing ability, CHO could well be able to nail down a position in this side over the coming weeks.

Read more:

Ben Chilwell matches Frank Lampard feat in Chelsea’s hammering of Norwich

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