Timo Werner looks a £53m bargain but Thiago Silva has hiccuped and it’s been a mixed bag from Kai Havertz… After Chelsea spent £153m in a record-breaking summer, we rate their big-money buys
- Chelsea went on the biggest spending spree in Premier League history at £253m
- Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech all arrived at the club in the summer transfer window
- Aftet five Premier League matches, and eight overall, Sportsmail rates the performances of the signings so far
Having not spent a penny for a year due to their transfer ban, Chelsea made up for lost time this summer by going on the biggest spree in Premier League history.
The £253million they splashed out is more than any team has ever spent in a single transfer window before, with Germans Kai Havertz and Timo Werner the marquee signings at £90m and £53m respectively.
Veteran Brazilian defender Thiago Silva arrived on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, with Hakim Ziyech (£38m), Ben Chilwell (£50m) and Edouard Mendy (£22m) the other arrivals.
Chelsea have had a below-par start to the season, with the high being a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. They lost at home to Liverpool and their defending was heavily criticised after 3-3 draws with supposedly inferior rivals West Brom and Southampton.
This weekend Frank Lampard’s side travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, off the back of a 0-0 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.
As Lampard looks to get more out of his underperforming squad, Sportsmail assesses how each of his six new arrivals have got on so far…
Frank Lampard oversaw the biggest spending spree in Premier League history
BEN CHILWELL (£50m from Leicester)
The only one of Chelsea’s summer signings with Premier League experience, Chilwell was always the best bet to settle in quickest and he’s done just that, scoring and assisting on his first league start against Crystal Palace after recovering from a heel injury which saw him miss the start of the season.
He is still taking pain-killers to manage that problem, but has already filled a problem position for Frank Lampard and, aged just 23, looks set to be first choice for the next decade.
Ben Chilwell celebrates scoring on his league debut for Chelsea against Crystal Palace
KAI HAVERTZ (£90m from Bayer Leverkusen)
The most expensive signing of the lot, and by quite some way, expectations are rightly higher on the German than any of his fellow new arrivals.
Losing the ball on the edge of the box to gift Southampton a goal last time out rather summed up his stuttering start at Chelsea, but time is on the 21-year-old’s side and things can only get better.
Scored a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup against Barnsley and there has been the odd sparkle or surging run to give a preview of what might be to come.
Kai Havertz has not had the perfect start to his Chelsea career but has time on his side
EDOUARD MENDY (£22m from Rennes)
Has not had to do too much in his three appearances so far, but the simple fact he is not Kepa Arrizabalaga seems to have had a calming effect on Chelsea, with the Blues keeping two clean sheets in those matches and his only conceded goal coming in a Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham.
Tougher tests are to come for the Senegalese, starting this weekend at Old Trafford.
Edouard Mendy has kept two clean sheets in his three matches in goal for Chelsea so far
THIAGO SILVA (£0m from Paris Saint-Germain)
His Premier League career could not have got off to a worse start, with the Blues falling 3-0 down to West Brom after 27 minutes and the Brazilian directly responsible for one of the goals.
Chelsea have not conceded a goal with him in the side since though, with his excellent reading of the game coming to the fore. Developing a good understanding with fellow French speakers Mendy and Kurt Zouma and seems a calming influence.
Thiago Silva reacts during his dreadful debut for Chelsea against West Brom last month
TIMO WERNER (£53m from RB Leipzig)
Has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water in terms of his temperament and pace, but did fail to score in his opening four matches.
Two goals last time out against Southampton bode well for the future though and £53m is already starting to look like a bargain for the Germany forward.
Timo Werner (left) celebrates scoring against Southampton at Stamford Bridge last weekend
HAKIM ZIYECH (£38m from Ajax)
A knee injury picked up in pre-season means the Moroccan winger was only able to make his debut off the bench against Southampton last weekend.
Also came on in the midweek draw against Sevilla but with less than 45 minutes under his belt it is impossible to judge him yet.
Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech has been limited to just two brief cameo appearances so far