Top five players for Chelsea have put efforts to stay strong even in a transfer ban hit season which led them to a Champion League spot
Chelsea fans are no doubt missing footballing action as the uncertainty of the Premier League restart continues. The Blues will find themselves in fourth place when the league resumes. They are also currently in the FA Cup quarter-final and in the Champions League last 16.
But who has been the best player so far for the Blues? Here’s our outlook towards the picks:
1. Mateo Kovacic
Last summer Chelsea suffered the transfer ban with only able to sign Gonzalo Higuain and Mateo Kovacic. But they declined to sign the Argentine and made the loan deal for Kovacic permanent from Real Madrid.
This season he has offered amazing performances in the middle of the park, unlike the previous lackluster season. Kovacic has been an important member of the squad and has earned Lampard’s trust to keep him for next season too. The area which he still needs to work on is the productivity in the final third. However, his contributions have certainly improved Chelsea’s side this season.
2. Tammy Abraham
Tammy had to lead the line and really show that he can be Chelsea’s number nine for the future. The 22-year-old has had loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea City and performed excellently at Aston Villa. This range of displays got him his chance with the Blues finally.
The England international had to compete with Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud to get a starting spot given the number nine shirt. He has shown his ability with 15 Premier League goals and three assists in all competitions.
3. Mason Mount
After impressing last season under Lampard at Derby County, it proved as a real breakout year for the 21-year-old. Mount got his chance to start in the Blues’s first team and has been a regular throughout the campaign.
Mount has displayed his versatility, playing in a midfield three, a number ten role and also off the left-wing as well. Even in the defensive phase, Mount has shown his worth and he really sets the tempo for a high press. The youngster has bagged six league goals and four assists. Also, he made his England debut and scored for his country.
4. Cesar Azpilicueta
The club captain has shown his credibility in the right-back position. The 30-year-old presented his versatility and also his fitness, starting 27 Premier League games and all seven of the Champions League matches.
The Spaniard has played in both the full-back positions, and also shifted into the back three when Lampard has moved things around. Even though it may not be his best season so far, yet he has still been a consistent performer for the London outfit.
Most Chelsea supporters would not expect Willian as the contender for the player of the season. The 31-year-old was expected to step into his shoes and he even took on the number ten shirt after Hazard’s departure. The Brazilian has not necessarily been at his best with five goals and five assists.
Also, he is in the middle of a contract dispute with the club and it is now unlikely that he will sign an extension. However, the Brazilian has been important for Lampard in a defensive capacity as much as anything else and has given his all on the pitch for the club.