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It’s that time of the season when clubs give awards to their most outstanding players, to recognise their achievements for the concluded season.
This past season has seen one of the most bizarre situations football has experienced, due to the coronavirus pandemic that made the football season start from August and run through till August.
It’s time for Chelsea fans to vote for their Player of the Season, and Blues hero Pat Nevin, has named seven contenders for this award.
The seven players that make his list are Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Willian.
For Giroud’s inclusion, Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Olivier Giroud had an amazing run-in for us and who is to say that the entire season would not have been like that had he got more opportunities in the first half of the campaign. He also showed phenomenal professionalism while being kept out of the side by a youngster in his first full season.”
Explaining Tammy Abraham’s inclusion, he wrote: “If we mention Olivier, then we must also consider Tammy Abraham, who had an incredible start to the season. With all that pressure on his shoulders the 18 goals just flew in, along with four assists.” He also added: “It is often the case that someone who has a better end to a season gets the nod over the players who had good starts, simply because it is fresher in the memory, but it would be unfair to ignore Tammy’s early effect. Both strikers will have their backers.”
Making a case for the skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, Nevin wrote: “Cesar Azpilicueta has arguably had his best ever season for the club, maybe especially in terms of what he has added going forward making and even scoring a few vital goals. His leadership skills have grown exponentially, and it doesn’t seem to matter where he plays in the backline, he has rarely, if ever, let us down this season.”
Despite Willian making the odd move to Chelsea rivals, Arsenal, Nevin admitted that he deserves it as well. He wrote: “One player conspicuous by his absence so far is Willian, who in his final season had one of his best at the club. He has lots in his favour. Eleven goals and nine assists puts him just behind Tammy Abraham for being involved in most goals for us. The two goals against Spurs in North London in particular where huge for us and for Frank Lampard at the time.”