While Enzo Fernandez went some way to repaying his £107m fee but Mykhailo Mudryk failed to shine at home

While Enzo Fernandez went some way to repaying his £107m fee but Mykhailo Mudryk failed to shine at home

Chelsea splurged £323m on January signings as Todd Boehly's cash-injecting revolution encountered it's first winter transfer window.  Friday evening's Premier League clash against Fulham giving everyone the chance to see whether it was money well spent.

 Argentina World Cup winning midfielder Enzo Fernandez dominated the pre-match build-up as he was given the green light to make his Chelsea debut following his £107m arrival, while Mykhailo Mudryk prepared himself for a first Stamford Bridge outing.

 Blues boss Graham Potter let off the shackles amid the club's desperate search to climb up the Premier League standings but couldn't find the right balance against an impressive Fulham side.

 Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by Fulham and move up to sixth in the Premier League table as their European ambitions received another boost.

 So did Chelsea's debutants shine as expected or are we already seeing signs of poor investment?  Sportsmail rates Chelsea's newest arrivals against Fulham.

 Enzo Fernandez - 7

 All eyes were on the teamsheet an hour before kick-off to see whether £107m English record-breaking signing Enzo Fernandez.  Not only did he make the squad, the Argentinian started and played the full 90 minutes for the struggling hosts.

 Fernandez produced a sound performance on his debut for the club, breaking up play in defense and one of Chelsea's few bright sparks when in attack.

 The midfielder demonstrated his box-to-box abilities, boasting 96 touches and completing two successful dribbles amidst a combative Fulham midfield.  His shot midway through the second half looked goal bound but just went wide of the upright.  A strong debut nonetheless that will give Chelsea fans hope for the future.
 Mykhailo Mudryk - 3

 Chelsea fans expect a lot from the Ukrainian winger and rightfully so after his £88m January arrival.  Against Fulham however, the pace merchant struggled to demonstrate just why the club paid so much for his services and was hooked at half-time by Graham Potter.

 It hasn't yet been revealed whether his untimely departure was injury or performance related, but judging by his first-half outing, the latter is more likely.

 Mudryk caused Liverpool's defense all sorts of problems last time out, against Fulham however he was suffocated from space and was easily managed out of the game.  A real welcome to Premier League football if ever there was one.

 David Fofana - 6

 You'd be forgiven for forgetting that Chelsea signed David Datro Fofana in the January transfer window given how many players did make their way through the revolving door of Stamford Bridge.

 But he showed enough in a 15-minute cameo against Fulham that suggests the club have unearthed an attacking gem.

 Fofana almost broke the deadlock minutes after stepping onto the pitch having latched onto Conor Gallagher's lofted pass and rounding Fulham goalkeeper Leno but scuffing his eventual strike that was cleared off the line.

 He was energetic, showed calmness when under-pressure and could have had more chances if his teammates had shown similar quality.

 Noni Madueke - 6

 The relatively unknown English-born winger joined from PSV and looks to have been one of Todd Boehly's more reasonable signings after making the switch to London in a £26m move.

 Madueke replaced Mudryk at half-time and demonstrated the qualities that the Ukrainian should have been showing as he cut inside, beat his opposite number for pace and looked lively in the final third for the hosts.

 Sometimes tried too hard to make something happen but can be forgiven given the nature of making his Stamford Bridge debut.

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