Acquired from the Everton academy as a 16 year old, Robbie Jones
made his EPL debut in 2019 as an 18 year old, and was a hit right from the start. Scoring 67 Premier League goals in 104 appearances for Chelsea (104 goals in 167 apps in all competitions), he's become the top striker in the world. Broke the record for goals in an EPL campaign this season with 34. Even more impressive are his international numbers, scoring 48 goals in 36 caps, including 5 World Cup goals in 2022. Starring for England, he's helped them to the #1 World Ranking and the 2020 European Championship. His shining moment for Chelsea came in the Champions League Final in 2021 against Real Madrid, scoring the equalizer in stoppage time, then putting Madrid away with two more goals in extra time to give Chelsea the trophy.
2022-23 Stats: 40 Goals, 13 Assists, 10 Man of the Match, 7.74 Average Rating, 42 Starts, 4 Substitute Appearances
A Chelsea living legend, Romelu Lukaku
had several monster seasons in his prime, tallying 118 Premier League goals over a 5 year stretch. Unfortunately, injuries really slowed him down at the start of the 2020 season, and persisted for nearly two full years, even causing him to miss the 2022 World Cup and retire from International Competition (after scoring 70 goals in 116 caps for Belgium). While he was hurt, Robbie Jones became a star in his stead, so Romelu came into the 22-23 season as the oft-injured vet that was now in the young-studs shadow. Healthy for the first time in 3 years, he reminded everyone what he could do. He paired with Robbie to put on a goal scoring clinic this year, having one of the best seasons of his career, which says a lot for a 2-time European Golden Shoe winner, and one of the best players in the history of Chelsea Football Club.
2022-23 Stats: 38 Goals, 3 Assists, 8 Man of the Match, 7.99 Average Rating, 21 Starts, 13 Substitute Appearances
Is Eden Hazard
the greatest Chelsea player ever? Probably. And he somehow keeps getting better with age. Won the Ballon d'Or in 2021-22, and had en even better season in 22-23. I keep planning on Hazard regressing and me having to replace him, but he keeps producing at an insane level. Has 118 goals and 116 assists in the Premier League alone as a Chelsea Player, with 181 total goals at the club. Closed out his international career in 2020 after 119 caps for Belgium, scoring 39 goals in the process. A legend for club and country who is still producing like the best player on the planet.
2022-23 Stats: 22 Goals, 28 Assists, 7 Man of the Match, 8.07 Average Rating, 35 Starts, 1 Substitute Appearance
The danger man of my offense for 6 seasons now, Phillipp Kauffmann
came over on a Free Transfer from Bayern when he was 18 years old. After a few years of being loaned out, he made his debut for Chelsea in 2017 and opened eyes right away, scoring 14 Premier League goals in his first full season. Lightning quick down the wings, he's a terror to defenses, creating several great opportunities every match. Won the Ballon d'Or in 2021, besting Messi and his teammate Eden Hazard for the honor. Was slowed by injuries in 2022-23, but still made an impact when he was in the lineup. Has 38 goals in 63 caps for Germany, who have remained an international powerhouse.
2022-23 Stats: 6 Goals, 13 Assists, 1 Man of the Match, 7.48 Average Rating, 27 Starts, 3 Substitute Appearances
A big £27M purchase from Atletico, the plan was to play Reinario Iglesias
at Right Wing with Kauffmann at Striker. This was when Lukaku was hurt, but before Robbie Jones emerged. Then, Robbie became a star and Kauffmann slid back to the wing, leaving Iglesias as a reserve. Can't complain about depth, but I still feel like im wasting his talents there. Has 14 caps for Spain, and has scored 4 goals. Faced an injury plagued season in 2022-23, as every time he got healthy it seemed he got hurt again. Due to this, his growth was stunted a bit, but he's still great, and I still have high hopes.
2022-23 Stats: 1 Goal, 8 Assists, 0 Man of the Match, 7.33 Average Rating, 15 Starts, 7 Substitute Appearances
Italian Fabrizio Catalano
came over from Fiorentina three years ago as a big prospect, and was immediately sent out on loan to Valencia, where he scored 13 goals as a 19 year old. He was so impressive that Barcelona took him on the following season, where he started 28 games for them - 19 in La Liga. Also able to play Striker, I kept him on the main club in 2022-23 due to concerns with Lukaku and his injury history, but it was at Winger where he would fill in early on for an injured Hazard and wow me with his ability. He won a spot in my main rotation and never looked back. Hazard is still amazing, but Catalano is definitely the man to replace him when he begins to fade. He has no caps for Italy yet, but as a star for their U21 side, it shouldnt be long.
2022-23 Stats: 9 Goals, 13 Assists, 2 Man of the Match, 7.45 Average Rating, 23 Starts, 11 Substutite Appearances
Simply put, Andrea Malara
is the most talented player I've ever come across in Football Manager. My scouts found him in Italy when he was just 15, and I pounced. After spending one year in my youth system and one year on loan to Everton (where he scored 11 league goals as a 16/17 year old), I couldn't hold off any longer, and inserted him into my starting XI. He's good at everything - EVERYTHING. He's Arturo Vidal, if Vidal was better in every area. Already has 14 international caps for Italy, where he and Pini will star for years and years to come. I'm really excited to see what he might turn into, because as a 19 year old, he's probably already the best player in the world.
2022-23 Stats: 11 Goals, 9 Assists, 1 Man of the Match, 7.52 Average Rating, 34 Starts, 9 Substitute Appearances
Taken from the Roma academy when he was 16, Giorgio Pini
is the second of two Italian wonderkids in my starting midfield. Able to play as a winger, I had planned on him taking over for Hazard - but he made me change my plans by being unbelievably deadly from the CM position. He uses his great dribbling and amazing pace to cause mayhem against the opposition, and has added yet another dangerous dimension to my club. Bursting onto the scene last season by scoring 19 EPL goals and adding in 12 assists as a 20 year old, he followed that up this year with 20 league goals and 14 assists. Runner up for the Ballon d'Or in 2022 as a 20 year old. I called Kauffmann my danger man, but I could say the same about Pini, who has come in and immediately produced as though he were Lampard in his prime. Already has 25 caps for the Italian National Team, where he will surely be a fixture for a long time.
2022-23 Stats: 25 Goals, 16 Assists, 6 Man of the Match, 7.85 Average Rating, 40 Starts, 11 Substitute Appearances
A Brazilian that I stole away from his home country for pennies (£1.2M), Araujo
is an excellent all around midfielder that is still improving a lot. Typically my first option off of the bench, he adds fantastic depth behind the likes of Malara and Pini, and while there will always be a dropoff when those 2 are out, Araujo is still a very, very good player. Has 3 caps for Brazil, but will of course get many morein the years to come.
2022-23 Stats: 1 Goal, 6 Assists, 0 man of the Match, 7.03 Average Rating, 10 Starts, 14 Substitute Appearances
My most recent purchase is Konstantin Nikolaev
. Kevin De Bruyne was a fixture in my midfield for years, having moved him there from the wing very early on. Now older with his stats decreasing severely, I had already planned on last season being de Bruyne's last at the club, but when he went down for the season with injury, I had to find his replacement sooner than I'd hoped. I ended up using the January transfer window to bring in Nikolaev from Zenit, where he'd been a star since Age 18. Already has 53 caps for Russia, he came into Chelsea and played well in his limited appearances, giving me hope that he can add another quality option to my roster.
2022-23 Stats: 9 Goals, 7 Assist, 3 Man of the Match, 7.35 Average Rating, 34 Starts, 9 Substitute Appearances
Coming off of a loan stint at Crystal Palace last year, I had planned on loaning Ray Summers
out once more. However, Araujo was severely injured in the pre-season, leaving me needing a 4th CM on the squad. Young and talented, I signed him from Aston Villa two years ago, and he looks to be a very promising prospect for the future.
2022-23 Stats: 3 Goals, 3 Assists, 0 Man of the Match, 6.57 Average Rating, 30 Starts, 1 Substitute Appearance (@ Palace)
Plucked out of Sao Paulo in Brazil as a 19 year old for only £1.3M, Peninha
has the stats of Pirlo or Alonso, but plays like Makelele. I always had a high powered attack, but it wasnt until I inserted Peninha into my starting XI that I became confident and relaxed about my defense. Similar to Makelele, Peninha has never really put up any sort of amazing stats, topping out in 2020-21 with 1 Goal and 6 Assists, but that doesnt matter at all. He's the glue to the club, and is one of my favorite players.
2022-23 Stats: 0 Goals, 2 Assists, 2 Man of the Match, 7.40 Average Rating, 38 Starts, 5 Substitute Appearances
The last member of Chelsea's Italian revolution, Franco Muratore
was signed from Sampdoria for a pretty large fee when he was only 17, and I have extremely high hopes for him. He's actually making me question whether or not I should start him over Peninha. He certainly plays well enough to start for me. Has just broken into the Italian national team. Italy is going to be amazing.
2022-23 Stats: 1 Goal, 7 Assists, 1 Man of the Match, 7.40 Average Rating, 23 Starts, 14 Substitute Appearances
My Captain, I bought Joel Heller
from West Ham in 2015, and he immediately slid into my starting XI at Centre Midfield, becoming the first CPU Generated player to do so. It wasn't long before he became the Captain for both club and country. With 80 caps for England, Heller has been instrumental in bringing England back to prominence at the international level, leading them to the European Championship in 2020 and the current #1 ranking in the world. He's also captained me to two Champions League trophies and seven Premier League titles. However, times change, and with Pini and Malara being so incredible at the CM spot, there just wasn't room for Heller anymore, as good as he is. Luckily, he's just as good and adept at fullback. He slid over seamlessly, and was excellent there in his first full season at the position.
2022-23 Stats: 0 Goals, 8 Assists, 0 Man of the Match, 7.41 Average Rating, 42 Starts, 8 Substitute Appearances
An incredibly versatile defender, Tim Kuhn
served as my super sub in his first several years with the club after I bought him from Basel in 2016. Excelling as both a Fullback and a Centre Back, he made the full time move to Left Back for me last season, and responded with an excellent campaign. For Germany, he plays Centre Back, where he has logged 67 caps and wears their captains armband.
2022-23 Stats: 2 Goals, 9 Assists, 1 Man of the Match, 7.67 Average Rating, 37 Starts, 7 Substitute Appearances
Another Atletico product, I bought Eduard
when he was just 16. He starred for my youth teams for a few years before going out on loan, and returned as a stud. I thought that he'd be a fixture at RB for a decade, but the emergence of Pini and Malara in midfield caused Heller to move from CM to RB - where I prefer him to Eduard. Still, he is an excellent player, and can play Left Back too (though not as well as RB) so he's a valuable asset to the team, as he showed this year by filling in at both spots numerous times and playing well in the process.
2022-23 Stats: 0 Goals, 9 Assists, 1 Man of the Match, 7.53 Average Rating, 32 Starts, 4 Substitute Appearances
A 6'8" monster, I bought Jailson Severiano
from Flamengo in 2017 for £1M. He spent a season in Ligue 1 with Lyon, then returned to Chelsea where he broke into the rotation in 2020. During that season, his attributes EXPLODED. Those attributes, combined with his immense size have made him THE premier CB in the world, no questions asked. It's absolutely amazing how unstoppable he is when it comes to clearing balls out of the box. He's also an elite set piece scorer, rising above defenders to score 20 goals in his three seasons with the club. The Mountain.
2022-23 Stats: 8 Goals, 2 Assists, 4 Man of the Match, 8.00 Average Rating, 30 Starts
Holland captain and Chelsea co-captain Jeroen de Graaf
was one of the first CPU generated purchases I bought, grabbing him from AZ in Eredivisie. He's seen become the pillar of my defense, and arguably my most reliable player, taking over for John Terry in 2016. Somehow scored 7 league goals this season, most of not all of them on set pieces. As I said, hes Captain for his national team, for whom he has 60 caps. Partners with Severiano for easily the best CB pairing in the world.
2022-23 Stats: 7 Goals, 0 Assists, 1 Man of the Match, 7.60 Average Rating, 41 Starts, 5 Substitute Appearances
Bought from LILLE in 2015, Agossou Pathinvo
was one of the first CPU Generated players to break into my starting XI. Someone who seemed like a lock to start at Centre back for me for years, Pathinvo was ousted only due to the supreme talent of Jailson Severiano. Luckily, I kept him on the club, because when Severiano went down with injury midseason, Pathinvo was there to step in. A two-time winner of the European Golden Boy award, Pathinvo has lived up to the hype, and would be a fixture in the starting lineup for any other club in the world. Has 56 caps for France.
2022-23 Stats: 3 Goals, 3 Assists, 0 Man of the Match, 7.50 Average Rating, 33 Starts, 3 Substitute Appearances
An in-house prospect, Nathaniel Langford
just spent his first full season on the main roster after being spending the last few years out on loan. I tend to favor the English players because, as an English club, I feel I have far too few of them. Because of this, Langford is more of a sure thing than most of my youngsters, but he has the stats to back it up, so that certainly isn't bad. Big things in the future for Mr Langford!
2022-23 Stats: 1 Goal, 3 Assists, 1 Man of the Match, 7.55 Average Rating, 23 Starts, 5 Substitute Appearances
Purchased from Atletico Madrid as a 19 year old, Pedro
was given the tough task of replacing Thibaut Courtois two years ago. He not only lived up to the standard set by Courtois in his years at Chelsea, but out-performed Courtois' best season in just his second year in net for the club. Roizo might actually be better, attributes wise, but I cant justify replacing Pedro after the year he had last season.
2022-23 Stats: 24 Goals Allowed, 25 Clean Sheets, 7.02 Average Rating, 41 Starts
Developed in the Chelsea academy, Israel Roizo
is an incredible keeper for being only 20 years old. Started for Valencia in La Liga at 17 years old while on a loan spell, and followed that up by starting for Norwich in the Premier League the following season, performing excellently for both clubs. Was my Cup Keeper last season as I waffled on whether to start him over Pedro. Will be keeping the same role this year, which seems harsh for someone so freakin good, but *shrug*.
2022-23 Stats: 12 Goals Conceded, 14 Clean Sheets, 7.20 Average Rating, 22 Starts