After the end of their transfer ban, Chelsea spent big this summer, splashing out over £230 million. The new arrivals include Bundesliga duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, as well as free transfer Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain.
After this heavy investment, the expectation will be for Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League title. The Blues had fallen off the pace in recent years, with Liverpool and Manchester City dominating the English game.
But with former star Frank Lampard coming into his second season as the club’s manager and a host of new stars in the line-up, Chelsea will have high hopes of restoring their former glories.
Below is a list of Chelsea’s five best players on FIFA 21, with a detailed look at their strengths and weaknesses, followed by a table featuring every player in Chelsea’s squad sorted by their overall rating.
N’Golo Kante (OVR 88)
Best Position: CDM
Skill Moves: 2-Star
Best Attributes: 96 Stamina, 92 Balance, 91 Interceptions
After winning the title with Leicester in 2016, Kante was snapped up by Chelsea for £32m. The following season, he not only captured another league title, but was also crowned as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year. Then in 2018, he played a key role in France’s World Cup winning squad.
Now in the prime of his career, Kante will be required to help the new signings settle in quickly in order to get Chelsea back to the top of the game, where their fans expect them to be.
Kante’s physical attributes make him a fantastic option as a CDM. His 96 stamina means he won’t tire as he chases the opposition. His agility (82) and his balance (92), along with his marking attribute of 89, allow him to chase attackers with efficiency and change direction quickly.
Kante’s defensive attributes are also very impressive. His standing tackle (90) and his sliding tackle (85) allow him to dispossess the opposition, whilst he can also be relied upon to distribute the ball to teammates efficiently thanks to a short passing rating of 85.
Kai Havertz (OVR 85)
Best Position: CAM
Skill Moves: 4-Star
Best Attributes: 88 Sprint Speed, 87 Ball Control, 86 Dribbling
Still only 21, Kai Havertz has already made a real name for himself. Playing for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, the German scored 29 goals and notched a further 10 in the last two seasons.
Positionally, Havertz is flexible. He has played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but has also had success playing wide, particularly on the right. Now, following his move to Chelsea, the pressure will be on Havertz to translate his great form in Germany to the Premier League.
Kai Havertz is quicker than you might expect on FIFA 21. Though his acceleration (78) isn’t blistering, his sprint speed of 88 can make him lethal when running on to a through ball from the midfield. When in the box, his reactions (85), ball control (87) and finishing (85) make him a potentially prolific goal threat.
Thiago Silva (OVR 85)
Best Position: CB
Skill Moves: 2-Star
Best Attributes: 90 Jumping, 88 Interceptions, 87 Marking
Thiago Silva’s fame skyrocketed after the rapper Dave performed his track ‘Thiago Silva’ at Glastonbury in 2019, inviting an audience member to join him on stage in a clip that quicky went viral. But Silva himself was doing his talking on the football pitch, winning league and cup titles with Paris Saint-Germain and the Copa America with Brazil.
A stalwart at the back, Thiago Silva has been a world class defender for a long time. He enjoyed a particularly glittering spell in Ligue 1 with PSG, lifting seven league titles and the French Cup on five occasions whilst playing for the Parisian side.
At 36 years old, Silva is not one of the fastest centre backs (57 acceleration and 61 sprint speed) or the most nimble player on the pitch. But his defensive attributes are still very impressive. His standing tackle (86) and sliding tackle (84) make him a hard player to get past.
Timo Werner (OVR 85)
Best Position: ST
Skill Moves: 3-Star
Best Attributes: 93 Acceleration, 89 Sprint Speed, 88 Positioning
Timo Werner lit up the Bundesliga with his blistering pace and scoring prowess. Last season, Werner bagged 28 goals for RB Leipzig whilst also laying on eight assists.
In fact, Leipzig did not lose a single game in which Werner scored last season, winning 14 and drawing three of the 17 games in which Werner found the net. His goalscoring was unsurprisingly a key part of Leipzig’s success. Chelsea will be hoping he has a similar impact in London.
With pace a key attribute for attackers on FIFA in recent years, Werner’s 93 acceleration and 89 sprint speed, alongside his 88 positioning and 88 finishing, make him one of the best strikers in the game.
Werner isn’t prolific in the air, with only 78 heading accuracy and 75 jumping, but his 85 shot power and 86 volleys will make low crosses a useful option when looking to find Werner in the box.
He is, however, a player you will want playing down the middle not out wide, with his long passing (55), crossing (69) and vision (65) stats the weakest part of his game as an attacker.
Hakim Ziyech (OVR 85)
Best Position: CAM
Skill Moves: 5-Star
Best Attributes: 90 Curve, 89 Vision, 89 Long Passing
Hakim Ziyech’s Ajax side were crowned champions once again last season after the Eredivisie season was brought to an early conclusion due to the coronavirus pandemic. But to get a real glimpse of how good Ziyech can be, it is worth looking at his stats from the 2018/19 season.
That year, Ziyech scored 16 goals and provided 17 assists in just 29 games. At Ajax, Ziyech played mainly as an attacking midfielder, which is probably his best position thanks to his range of passing. His highlight reel is full of astonishing passes, with the Moroccan able to pick out teammates at angles Pythagoras would be proud of.
That ability is reflected on FIFA 21, with Ziyech’s distribution ability world class. His 90 curve, 89 vision, 89 long passing, 86 short passing and 88 crossing make him a real threat from anywhere inside the opposition half.
Many finesse players have sacrificed physical attributes for technical skill, but Ziyech’s 83 acceleration, 77 sprint speed and 80 stamina ensure that he can still put a shift in for the team in the midfield should he need to.
All of the best Chelsea players in FIFA 21
In the table below are the all the best Chelsea players on FIFA 21 sorted by overall ability.
|N’Golo Kante||88||CDM||29||96 Stamina, 92 Balance, 91 Interceptions||France|
|Kai Havertz||85||CAM||21||88 Sprint Speed, 87 Ball Control, 86 Dribbling||Germany|
|Thiago Silva||85||CB||36||90 Jumping, 88 Interceptions, 87 Marking||Brazil|
|Timo Werner||85||ST||24||93 Acceleration, 89 Sprint Speed, 88 Positioning||Germany|
|Hakim Ziyech||85||CAM||27||90 Curve, 89 Vision, 89 Long Passing||Morocco|
|Azpilicueta||84||RB||31||86 Aggression, 86 Reactions, 85 Marking||Spain|
|Jorginho||83||CM||29||91 Penalties, 89 Short Passing, 88 Long Passing||Italy|
|Mateo Kovačić||83||CM||26||90 Short Passing, 89 Ball Control, 88 Dribbling||Croatia|
|Kepa||82||GK||26||85 Goalkeeper Kicking, 82 Goalkeeper Handling, 82 Goalkeeper Reflexes||Spain|
|Marcos Alonso||81||LB||30||91 Stamina, 86 Free Kick Accuracy, 85 Curve||Spain|
|Antonio Rüdiger||81||CB||27||89 Aggression, 85 Standing Tackle, 82 Marking||Germany|
|Christian Pulisic||81||LW||22||91 Acceleration, 87 Sprint Speed, 87 Agility||USA|
|Kurt Zouma||80||CB||26||92 Strength, 90 Jumping, 84 Aggression||France|
|Mason Mount||80||CAM||21||82 Free Kick Accuracy, 82 Ball Control, 81 Vision||England|
|Olivier Giroud||79||ST||34||90 Heading Accuracy, 88 Strength, 84 Shot Power||France|
|Emerson||79||LB||26||83 Acceleration, 80 Shot Power, 80 Ball Control||Italy|
|Andreas Christensen||79||CB||24||84 Standing Tackle, 82 Sliding Tackle, 82 Interceptions||Denmark|
|Tiemoué Bakayoko||79||CDM||26||87 Strength, 85 Aggression, 81 Standing Tackle||France|
|Ross Barkley||78||CM||27||84 Ball Control, 83 Dribbling, 83 Short Passing||England|
|Ruben Loftus-Cheek||78||CM||24||84 Short Passing, 84 Dribbling, 83 Strength||England|
|Tammy Abraham||78||ST||23||82 Finishing, 81 Heading Accuracy, 80 Positioning||England|