- The 2017/18 campaign has officially come to a close.
- We give out seven awards to Chelsea players for their roles this season.
- Do you agree with our selections? Let us know in the comments.
The 2017/18 season has come to a close, with Chelsea recording a fifth-place finish and winning the FA Cup.
We (albeit just) progressed from our Champions League group, which included semi-finalists AS Roma and eventual Europa League winners Atletico Madrid. However, Barcelona’s quality shone through in the second-leg and we were subsequently eliminated.
Antonio Conte was unable to replicate the Premier League heroics of last term and it remains to be seen whether he’ll be around to have another go at it next term. He did, though, win the first domestic trophy of his managerial career in the shape of the FA Cup.
Lessons will have been learned from this season, particularly in the transfer market. It wasn’t one for the history books, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom. There are still aspects of the 2017/18 campaign worth celebrating, and we’re going to do so.
Welcome to the TalkChelsea awards…
PLAYER OF THE SEASON: N’GOLO KANTE
N’Golo Kante was voted as Chelsea player of the season by the fans, and who are we to disagree with the Blues faithful?
Kante received much adulation last term for the role he played in Chelsea’s Premier League title-triumph, but we dread to think where we’d be without him this time around.
His passing has been much more accurate and expansive, and even with the struggles of his midfield partners, his quality has still shone through.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON: ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN
Andreas Christensen returned from his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach a much more accomplished player than we ever could have imagined when he departed.
Christensen walked into the centre of Antonio Conte’s back-three and made the position his own. His form dipped towards the end of the season and he lost his place in the side, but that’s not a fair reflection of how good he was throughout.
LOANEE OF THE SEASON: RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK
Who else could we possibly have picked? Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s excellent performances out on-loan at Crystal Palace have earned him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia.
Loftus-Cheek has to be involved next season. Our midfield is crying out for a player with his attributes. We have a player who has the potential to hold down a starting spot in the middle of the park for a decade – and we won’t have to pay a penny.
GOAL OF THE SEASON: WILLIAN
Let’s remind you of that beautiful goal in January…
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 10, 2018
Chelsea posted footage of this beautiful goal on the club’s official Twitter account after it picked up their goal of the season award. We couldn’t give ours to anything else, it was simply stunning.
Willian linked with Michy Batshuayi and Eden Hazard before firing home emphatically. It was champagne football, and something we didn’t see enough of throughout the season. This is what we’re capable of, we just need to harness that quality.
MOMENT OF THE SEASON: LIFTING THE FA CUP
After the tough season that we endured, winning the FA Cup was a special moment for the club and the fans. You could see how much it meant to the players, the manager and everyone in attendance at Wembley.
It may not be enough to ensure Antonio Conte stays on as Chelsea manager next season, but if he does leave, he’ll certainly be glad to have done so on such a high.
SIGNING OF THE SEASON: ANTONIO RUDIGER
What a performance from Antonio Rudiger at Wembley, utterly imperious. Chelsea’s form took a drastic turn for the worse in 2018, but Rudiger’s improved and he established himself as an important member of the side.
In what was a pretty dismal summer transfer window, Rudiger represents a worthy investment, and one what we will benefit from in years to come. He has our stamp of approval.
FLOP OF THE SEASON: DANNY DRINKWATER
Tiemoue Bakayoko would have been an easy choice for this one, but he has the potential to improve and become a player who can make an impact in the first-team. We don’t believe that Danny Drinkwater does.
The BBC reported at the time of the transfer that we parted with £35M to sign Drinkwater. We’re still left wondering what we got for our money, as he failed to play any sort of substantial role in the squad during his debut season.
It’s time to cut our losses and get rid.
Do you agree with our selections Blues? Who would you have chosen for each award? Let us know in the comments.