Wolves 2 Chelsea 5 – Player ratings

By Matt Maher | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

Matt Maher rates the players as Wolves suffer a 5-2 loss to Chelsea at Molineux.

Patrick Cutrone did well as a substitute (AMA)

Rui Patricio

Tomori's opener was a fine strike but a goalkeeper of Patricio's class might have expected to get a little closer to the shot. Could do little about the rest of Chelsea's goals and ensured the scoreline wasn't made worse by denying Batshuayi. 5

Jesus Vallejo

The Spaniard endured a Premier League debut to forget as Wolves shipped five. Started out promisingly and looked assured in the early stages but as Chelsea ramped up the pressure, so his composure departed. Turned too easily by Mount and looked ponderous. 4

Conor Coady

A nightmare afternoon for the Wolves skipper whose troubles mirrored that of the team. Would have given away a penalty had Abraham not netted his first, then lost the striker for his second before being soundly beaten for the third. 3

Romain Saiss

The Moroccan international has done a steady job at the back for Wolves in the past but this was an afternoon on which he struggled and looked off the pace. Did at least play a part in Wolves' opener, though the final touch was credited to Abraham. 4


Adama Traore

Began promisingly and delivered a couple of decent crosses into the Chelsea box during the opening 10 minutes. Didn't see enough of the ball after that but remained Wolves' best attacking outlet before being taken off in the second half. 5

Leander Dendoncker

A disappointing performance from the Belgium international who was wayward in his passing and struggled to have any real impact on proceedings. Taken off at half-time with Wolves three goals down and Nuno looking for a response. 4


Ruben Neves

Another who began OK before fading. Didn't see enough of the ball and when he did struggled to do much with it. On the whole a quiet performance from a player who has been such a big part of Wolves' success these past two years. 5

Joao Moutinho

Tried to spark Wolves into life in the early stages with some neat passing in the Chelsea half and was one of their better performers on an otherwise miserable day. Delivered the corner which led to Wolves first goal. 6

Jonny Castro Otto

Failed to have the same kind of attacking impetus offered by Traore on the opposite wing with Wolves struggling to create anything of note down their left. Another player who was well below par. 5

Raul Jimenez

Sent one first half header over the bar but for much of his time on the pitch looked isolated and more than a little frustrated. Found himself dropping far too deep during the opening period as Wolves struggled to put the visitors under any sustained pressure. 5

Diogo Jota

Summed up Wolves' first-half performance when he dallied too long and was dispossessed, after a slaloming run by Traore had created panic in the Chelsea defence. Improved after the break but this was simply not his day. 5


Patrick Cutrone (for Dendoncker, HT)

Netted his first goal for the club. A positive on a generally bad day. 7

Matt Doherty (for Traore, 56)

Had a hand in the second when his shot was saved by Kepa. 6

Morgan Gibbs-White (for Jimenez, 70)

Nice ball over the top in the build up to Cutrone’s goal. 6

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.


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