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In recent years now, players with slight frame have been winning the Player of the Season award for Chelsea, with the likes of Joe Cole, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, N’Golo Kante and Willian, among the players who aren’t too blessed with height, to win the award.
Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin, who has a small frame, was a recipient of the award during his time as a Chelsea player, and he is expecting a player with a small build to win the award yet again.
Nevin’s nominees are Cesar Azpilicueta, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic and Willian.
On Willian, Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “He is also the right height to win our player of the year trophy.
“That last sentence seems a bit odd doesn’t it? But look at the last eight presentations. Eden Hazard won four, N’Golo Kante, Juan Mata twice and Willian himself. I mean what is it with Chelsea fans and little guys winning Player of the Year? Even before that history shows Joe Cole, Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Wise, and some bloke called Nevin got it a couple of times (cue opportunity for the editor to show a photo of me looking ridiculous), and of course David Speedie and Charlie Cooke before that.”
Nevin also doesn’t expect the Brazilian to win the award, not after sealing a move to bitter club rivals, Arsenal.
He added: “Willian does have one slight factor less in his favour. When was the last time a current Arsenal player won Chelsea Player of the Year? He might just struggle to get enough votes when this is taken into consideration I suspect.”