Four key passes – The Chelsea star who shone despite West Brom thumping

The shock result in the Premier League this weekend came at Stamford Bridge, as 10 man Chelsea succumb to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of West Brom.

Despite taking the lead through Christian Pulisic, the dismissal of Thiago Silva before half time was ultimately what cost the Blues a much needed three points.

Even the most devout Chelsea fan couldn’t defend the performance on Saturday, the red card wasn’t the reason they lost – they were simply outplayed by West Brom.

One shining light in the defeat however appeared to be Reece James.

In light of the thumping, it is understood that James himself was involved in a dressing room bust up with Cesar Azpilicueta.

Perhaps it boiled down to purely frustration or maybe Azpilicueta shared the views of a lot of Chelsea fans who felt James had an off day and was responsible for at least one of West Brom’s goals.

The stats, however, tell a very different story and actually have James down as one of Chelsea’s better performers.

James made the most key passes of anyone in a Blue shirt, and was one of few Chelsea players who probed to break down a resistant West Brom rearguard.

Not only that, he put 11 crosses into the box – four times as many as any other Chelsea player – with five of those being accurate.

He also made the second most tackles and interceptions in the team, so questioning his desire and will to win is almost certainly off the table.

Whilst on the face of it, it may be easy to criticise him having made a costly error for West Brom’s second goal, the stats tell us that actually he was a leading light in a very poor Chelsea display.