Chelsea are only one win away from securing another Premier League title – and there will be one surprise beneficiary of that achievement.
Oscar made the decision to move to Shanghai SIPG in China in the January transfer window in a huge £52million move, leaving behind a title charge under manager Antonio Conte.
But the Brazilian midfielder will not miss out after his contributions in the first half of the campaign as he is set to be given a winner’s medal if Chelsea win the Premier League.
That is because he made nine appearances in the English top flight before making his January switch, well above the five games played required by the rules for a winner’s medal.
Some members of Chelsea’s current squad will miss out officially, as they have failed to make the required appearances.
Nathan Ake has only played in one league game since returning from his loan at Bournemouth.
Asmir Begovic, Thibaut Courtois’ backup, has made a solitary appearance too – away from home in the 2-0 defeat against Manchester United.
The rules have changed in recent seasons and there is still a chance that those two squad members will be given a gong for their contributions.
Sir Alex Ferguson revealed in 2011 that he was given 40 medals to hand out to members of his squad, explaining: ‘It’s changed now. They give you an allocated number of medals and it’s up to you to distribute them how you want.’