Friday, September 29, 2023

Moises Caicedo endures Chelsea debut disaster as £115million man gives away penalty 33 mins after coming on

Chelsea’s £115million record signing Moises Caicedo had a nightmare debut when he gave a penalty away to West Ham.

The Ecuador international was signed from Brighton for a British record fee but started on the bench against the Hammers on Sunday at the London Stadium.

Caicedo had a Chelsea debut to forget after his £115m moveRichard Pelham / The Sun

After coming on with 30 minutes to go and Chelsea trailing 2-1, Caicedo had a horror moment when he fouled Emerson Palmieri in the box with minutes to go.

Lucas Paqueta stepped up and scored the resulting penalty to give West Ham a 3-1 lead with minutes to go and a man down.

Nayef Aguerd had been sent off earlier in the match as West Ham led 2-1 but after buffering Chelsea’s attacks, the home side got themselves in the box.

Caicedo, who had struggled to meet the pace of the game, was too late with his challenge on Emerson as he strode toward goal.

And referee John Brooks had no hesitation as he pointed to the spot to send the home fans into a frenzy.

Paqueta, who has been in the headlines this week amid betting charges, made no mistake as he smashed the spot-kick past Robert Sanchez and give West Ham all three points.

To make matters worse, Chelsea even had their own penalty at a time when the scores were locked at 1-1.

Another of their £100m-plus midfielders, Enzo Fernandez, stepped up but his tame effort was well saved by Alphonse Areola.

Caicedo’s nightmare debut was compounded by giving a penalty awayRichard Pelham / The Sun

Fernandez had a penalty saved earlier in the contestGetty

That came just before half-time when the Blues were on top but they capitulated in the second-half.

James Ward-Prowse, meanwhile, had an incredible debut for West Ham after two assists – the first coming from a classic set-piece as Aguerd rose highest from a corner to score.

His second set up Michail Antonio, though all the credit must go to the striker after bullying Chelsea’s defenders.

He thumped an effort through Axel Disasi’s legs that whistled into the net to give the Hammers an unlikely lead.

And as Aguerd was given his marching orders, Chelsea came forward but lacked quality in the final third.

Ultimately, the focus will be on Caicedo after a miserable outing but credit must go to David Moyes for managing to claim victory against the odds relatively comfortably.

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