Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta became the fourth outfield player in Premier League history to play every minute of a title-winning season (after Gary Pallister in 1992-93, John Terry in 2014-15 and Wes Morgan in 2015-16).
Former Tottenham player turned pundit Garth Crooks picked Azpilicueta in his team of the season.
“Cesar Azpilicueta might not be the best defender in the Premier League but he has certainly been the most consistent player for Chelsea. What a season he has had,” Crooks told BBC.
“The Spain international has not missed a league fixture. The only other Chelsea player with such consistency in recent times is Branislav Ivanovic, and I thought he was irreplaceable. Apparently not – Azpilicueta seems to have done it.
“John Terry aside, you would have to go back to the days of Eddie McCreadie and Ron Harris – who played for the Blues in the 1960s and 1970s – to find defenders who played every league fixture. It is virtually unheard of in the modern era.
“What does this say about Azpilicueta? Well it says he is remarkably fit, looks after himself impeccably well and probably only drinks the finest Rioja!”