Premier League 2021/22: 5 players who could decide the outcome of Chelsea vs Leeds United

Both Chelsea and Leeds United have stars who can decide the outcome of the match
Both Chelsea and Leeds United have stars who can decide the outcome of the match
Sayan Chatterjee

Chelsea will look to bounce back in the Premier League when they host Leeds United this weekend. The Blues have had a tough start to December and are winless in their last two matches.

Chelsea were handed a 3-2 defeat by David Moyes' West Ham side which saw them lose top spot in the Premier League table. Thomas Tuchel's men are now behind Liverpool and Manchester City, with 33 points after 15 matches.

They were also held to a 3-3 draw by Zenit St. Petersburg in midweek which forced them to occupy second spot in their Champions League group.

Chelsea will be hoping for a victory against Leeds United in the Premier League. Leeds currently occupy the 15th place in the Premier League table with just 16 points from 15 games. Marcelo Bielsa's men have nicked just one win from their last five league games but will be hoping to pile on the misery for Chelsea.

On that note, let's take a look at five players who could decide the outcome of Chelsea's fixture against Leeds United in the Premier League.

#5 Timo Werner | Chelsea

Brentford v Chelsea - Premier League
Brentford v Chelsea - Premier League

Timo Werner has been criticized for his inefficiency in front of goal ever since he joined Chelsea in 2020. The German was expected to solve the goalscoring problem for the Blues but that hasn't been the case so far. However, he still plays a crucial role in Tuchel's system alongside Romelu Lukaku due to his ability to follow tactical orders.

Tuchel has used Werner to stretch opposition defenses rather than as a target man. The 25-year old's blistering pace and sharp positioning can still prove to be lethal for opponents.

No Chelsea player has scored more goals than Timo Werner since he joined the club.Put some respect on his name 👏

Werner's two goals helped Chelsea secure a draw in the Champions League in midweek. It will surely bolster the forward's confidence and he will be hoping to replicate his good performance against Leeds. Werner has racked up just one goal and one assist in the Premier League and he will be desperate to add to his tally against Bielsa's men.

#4 Luke Ayling | Leeds United

Leeds United v Brentford - Premier League
Leeds United v Brentford - Premier League

A product of Arsenal's youth academy, Luke Ayling has been crucial for Marcelo Bielsa during his tenure at Leeds United. Ayling's first campaign in the Premier League was impressive. His defensive prowess helped the side from Elland road snatch vital points in important games in the English top-flight.

However, Ayling has not been at his best with Leeds conceding 22 goals in 15 Premier League games this season. Having racked up one goal and an assist in the English top flight, the 30-year old would be vital against Chelsea on the right flank.

So much attention on Patrick Bamford as he wheeled away after the equaliser, which you’d expect, that I think Luke Ayling bouncing up and down as he sidestepped the length of the South Stand geeing up the crowd went completely under the radar. He was absolutely loving it.

Much will depend on Ayling and he can surely be a crucial player if Leeds hope to win a point or three against Chelsea.

#3 Reece James | Chelsea

Chelsea FC v Juventus: Group H - UEFA Champions League
Chelsea FC v Juventus: Group H - UEFA Champions League

Chelsea full-back Reece James has taken the Premier League by storm so far this campaign. Operating on the right flank, the young talent has been a force to be reckoned with due to his marauding runs and decisive passes. James has been one of the best in the business amongst the full-backs in the Premier League this season.

He is Chelsea's joint-top scorer with five goals across all competitions. The 22-year old has also provided the same number of assists, playing a direct part in eight goals for the Blues in the Premier League.

Considering his sensational form at the moment, James will surely be a huge threat for Leeds. Three centre-halves at the back provides the wing-back with ample freedom going forward. His confidence in front of goal can spell trouble for Bielsa's men this weekend.

#2 Raphinha | Leeds United

Leeds United v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Leeds United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Leeds United winger Raphinha has looked brilliant despite the club finding it hard to stay in the top half of the Premier League table. The forward has been quite efficient in front of goal so far this campaign and could spell trouble for Chelsea on Saturday.

Blessed with pace, dribbling and vision, Raphinha has improved his output this campaign. The 24-year-old has scored six goals and provided one assist in the Premier League, taking part in almost half of Leeds' goals in the English top flight.

Raphinha has scored 46% of Leeds’ #PL goals so far this season, with the Brazilian’s strikes being worth seven points to the Whites 🇧🇷 ⚪️#LEEBRE | @LUFC

Raphinha also has a knack for going for the spectacular which results in outrageous strikes. Chelsea's defense will have a huge task on their hands as the Brazilian attacker has all the caliber to decide the outcome of the tie.

#1 Romelu Lukaku | Chelsea

Watford v Chelsea - Premier League
Watford v Chelsea - Premier League

Romelu Lukaku has endured a difficult campaign with Chelsea following his return to the Premier League. The Belgian striker, who was brought in for a club-record fee, has not been clinical in front of goal. He has found the back of the net just thrice in the English top-flight so far, which is a testament to his poor form.

Lukaku also had injuries to deal with which made things more difficult for him. However, the 28-year-old's goal against Zenit will provide a huge boost for his confidence. He has scored twice and provided an assist in four Champions League games, which is an indication of what he brings to the table for Chelsea.

Romelu Lukaku scores his first goal for Chelsea since September ✨

Lukaku will look to find the net again when the Blues take on Leeds and he remains a huge threat to Bielsa's side.

Edited by Diptanil Roy
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