Premier League rules stipulate that winners medals are only guaranteed to players that have featured five times or more, which means that the likes of Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic, Ola Aina, Eduardo, Kenedy and Charly Musonda are all set to miss out.
Ake has only made one league appearance as well as Begovic, while Aina has made two Premier League appearances. However, the likes of Eduardo, Kenedy and Musonda haven’t made a single appearance. These players aren’t eligible for a Premier League medal.
Aina will be eligible for a Premier League winners medal if he plays in all Chelsea’s remaining fixtures.
Under Premier League rules, title winning clubs receive 40 winners medals which are normally distributed between players and staff.
The rule used to see players qualify for medal had they played in ten matches, but a recent change to the rule reduced the number to five. Although, it’s often left to the club’s discretion.
Conte has a backroom staff of 11 coaches and only 20 Chelsea players are eligible for a medal. This means there will be some medals left to be distributed to players who didn’t meet the minimum five game requirement.
Also, Conte can choose to employ Jose Mourinho’s tactic from Chelsea’s Premier League winning squad of 2015 by making replica medals for those that assisted the team during the course of the season.
Under Mourinho, every single squad member, even those that had left the club earlier in the campaign, were given a medal. Jose Mourinho had to pay for some replicas to fulfil his promise of giving everyone a medal.
If Conte employs this tactic, then even the likes of John Obi Mikel can get a medal.