The season is drawing close with Chelsea having one hand on the Premier League title. Despite having Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City on the horizon, Chelsea’s win over Manchester United have given them a comfortable lead of 10 points over second placed Arsenal.
Chelsea is a team filled with star performers. This season has seen many of these performers continue their form and many, who have lost their way. Here we look at the three star performers and three underperformers of the season.
1. Eden Hazard
Having been involved in 28 goals in all competitions for Chelsea this season, Hazard has been a star man for the team. His quick feet coupled with a creative mind saw him provide the vital assist to Cesc Fabregas for the goal against QPR and a stunner goal against Manchester United through the legs of “so called” Best Goalkeeper of the League this season. Hazard has also put his name with gusto up for contention for player of the season.
Hazard’s performances have put him close to the Messi-Ronaldo bracket, with some pundits claiming that he is as good as them if not better. He is one man Chelsea can rely on to create the spark even when all is not going well for them. Whatever the facts, one thing is certain, that he is the best Premier League has seen in some time. Take a bow!
2. Cesc Fabregas
The master of assists, Fabregas, has been a vital cog in the Chelsea machine. His 16 assists in the League alone have proven to be vital as his combination with Diego Costa helped Chelsea to take a healthy lead in the first half of the season. His goal against QPR shows that despite a recent dip in form, he isn’t afraid to step up and take the responsibility. He is just four shy of equalling the all-time assists record for assists in a single season in the EPL.
3. Branislav Ivanovic
Although John Terry has led the defence brilliantly this season, contributions of the Serbian stalwart haven’t gone unnoticed. The 31 year old has not only defended stoutly at the back but also has contributed to Chelsea going forward. His four goals and four assists in the League have come in crucial games for Chelsea, one of which has come at the Etihad, where he scored the opening goal for his team. Ivanovic’s dogged determination and great reading of the game has made him one of the best right backs of the League. Period.
The Brazilian wonder kid started the season on a high for Chelsea. However, he has not quite found his place in the Chelsea side. Having been in and out of the side, Oscar, who was hailed by Mourinho as his best attacking midfielder, has faded away in the second half of the season. The Story of his seasons, but still. If rumours are to be believed, he will not be wearing the blue shirt for Chelsea next season.
Ramires will be most famously remembered for his chip goal against Barcelona on Chelsea’s road to Champions League glory. From then till now, the Brazilian has undergone a huge transition. He has been inconsistent and his tenacity to fight for the ball has also faded. He has been replaced by his more skilful compatriot, Willian. Chelsea fans are still longing to see Ramires’ lung busting runs into the box. However, this does not seem to be the season for him. Nor does it bode well for his future.
3. John Obi Mikel
Having been underplayed by Jose Mourinho, Mikel’s performances have been going from bad to worse for Chelsea. Initially, Mourinho used him as a defensive cover in the midfield. However, his unconvincing performances forced the Chelsea manager into using Kurt Zouma as and when a defensive cover is needed at the center. Mikel’s passing range has been woeful and knowing Mourinho’s slim patience with underperformers, he could soon be seen boarding the exit bus next transfer window. Adios? Perhaps.
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Edited By: Ojas