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Making a big impression – debut scorers at the Bridge

With his stunning long-range strike against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Trevoh Chalobah became the latest in a long line of Chelsea players who have marked their first appearance for the Blues at Stamford Bridge with a goal.

Here are some other players who have made a big and immediate impression on Chelsea supporters in recent years by scoring on their home debuts in SW6.

Ben Chilwell

After sitting out our first three Premier League matches last season with an injury, Ben Chilwell had a day to remember as he put in a man-of-the-match performance on his league debut for Chelsea against Crystal Palace last October.

The former Leicester City defender broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half, slamming in a loose ball from six yards before sending in an inviting cross for Kurt Zouma to head home our second in an emphatic 4-0 win over the Eagles.

Reece James

Reece James missed the start of the 2019/20 season with an ankle injury but he made up for lost time with an impressive debut for the Blues against Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup in September 2019.

The young right-back set up goals for Michy Batshuayi and Kurt Zouma and capped his fine performance by slamming the ball home from 20 yards for our fifth goal in an emphatic 7-1 victory.

Mason Mount

Having played his way through our youth system from the age of six, Mason Mount could hardly have asked for a better way to mark his first Chelsea start at the Bridge when we hosted Leicester City in our Premier League home opener in August 2019.

Only seven minutes had elapsed when the 20-year-old caught Wilfred Ndidi in possession on the edge of his own box and slotted past Kasper Schmeichel into the bottom corner before the Leicester defence could react.

Davide Zappacosta

He may have meant it as a cross instead of a shot but Davide Zappacosta certainly left a lasting impression with a stunning effort on his home debut in our Champions League clash against Qarabag in September 2017.

The deadline-day signing from Torino collected the ball just outside his own box, accelerated past two players on a long-busting run which covered three-quarters of the pitch and then launched an effort from a tight angle on the right flank which flew past the Qarabag goalkeeper at his near post.

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma was still a teenager when he found the net on his Chelsea debut in a League Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers in September 2014.

Having come up for a corner, the French defender found himself in the right place when Loic Remy headed the ball towards the six-yard box as he stabbed home the opening goal in our 2-1 victory.

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