CHELSEA have been among the surprise packages this season with the popular belief being they would struggle.
But, with Frank Lampard installed as coach – despite just a season of managerial experience under his belt – and the transfer ban limiting their business, the Blues are comfortably in the top four.
And they seem to improve as the season progresses through their young contingent.
They head to Manchester City on Saturday, looking for a sixth win in a row and to potentially put pressure on runaway leaders Liverpool – but will they survive their latest injury scare?
Will Christian Pulisic be available against Man City?
Questions were asked at the start of the season if Christian Pulisic was up to the task of playing in the Premier League.
The American youngster completed his move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, but had struggled for a place in Lampard's team.
That was until he hammered in a perfect hat-trick against Burnley at the end of October. He has since followed that up with goals in the two Premier League fixtures since.
But the 21-year-old is expected to miss Saturday's clash with a hip injury after having to withdraw from the US squad during the break.