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Chelsea's Top 5 Players of the Season from 2010-19

Chelsea have experienced major successes in the last 10 years where we have had the honour to watch some of the best players in the world...


Chelsea have experienced major successes in the last 10 years where we have had the honour to watch some of the best players in the world. One of them is the manager of this club in the present time to oversee a new era for Chelsea. Eden Hazard has won this award a record four times and has been a shining star for the club for the past several years. All these players had a big hand for uplifting Chelsea as one of the most successful clubs in England. But in my opinion, the five most significant players holding this award are over the last 10 years:
1. Eden Hazard (2019)
Eden Hazard has undoubtedly been Chelsea's biggest asset for the past seven years. Not only commercially, but also on the pitch, he was their most important player. In his time, Chelsea have won major competitions which include winning the Premier League and the Europa League twice along with winning League Cup and FA Cup in 2014/15 and 2017/18 respectively. He has been chosen as Chelsea's player of the season in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019. But his performance in the 2018/19 season will remain as the best he has played for Chelsea.
When three of your strikers score combined 12 goals in the League, you are bound to struggle. Eden Hazard contributed 16 goals in the League which accounts for 25% of Chelsea's goals that season. He was the highest assister in the league with 15 assists and was the only fourth player to have 15 plus goals and assists in the Premier League season along with the likes of Eric Cantona, Matt Le Tissier, and Thierry Henry. He had the highest take-ons in the League and created most chances from open play. He attempted 3.7 dribbles per game and was a tough customer for defenders in the League to handle him. It was a rough season for Chelsea where they were going under a transition and looked to be out of top four until the last eight games where they picked up their form and Arsenal suffered an almighty collapse.
Eden Hazard scored three and assisted four in the last seven crucial games for Chelsea where his performance against West ham remains the best of the season. When it came to the Europa League, Chelsea struggled in the semi-final against Frankfurt but came through it by virtue of a penalty shootout which set up an encounter against Arsenal in the final. Nobody gave Chelsea a chance to come out of it as victorious but Eden Hazard scored two and assisted one in the final to help Chelsea win the Europa League and struck a major blow for rivals Arsenal hopes of Champions League Qualification. There is no doubt that he left Chelsea in the best fashion by helping the club have Champions League for a season where they had to go through a transfer ban. His contribution to this club remains memorable and will be regarded as one of the best players to play for this Football Club. 
2. Juan Mata (2013)
A player who got people off their seats, along with Hazard, became a star player for Chelsea from 2011-2013. In 2012 Chelsea had an attack that had the potential to carry the club to a glorious future with having Oscar, Hazard, and Mata with experienced players in Lampard and terry. Winning two European Cups and an FA cup is a dream for many players and Mata achieved the same. Hazard and Mata struck a fantastic connection where Mata assisted Hazard's three goals that season.
It's no denying that with the success Mourinho brought to the club in his second spell, he took some wrong calls for which Chelsea still pay for. Along with De Bruyne and Lukaku sales, offloading Mata was a wrong call at that time. Mata was Chelsea's player of the year for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013. Everybody remembers Drogba's bullet header but we shouldn't forget the corner taker which was Juan Mata. Nowadays it's rare to see Chelsea being a threat from corners and Mata used to be a big contributor from set-pieces. Juan Mata had an amazing 2012-13 season which deserves to be in this top five list. 2012-13 season was a transitional year for Chelsea where Drogba left the club and the entire goalscoring burden fell on Lampard and Hazard. He took responsibility in his own hands and scored 12 goals and contributed 12 assists in the Premier League. He also had 4 goals and 8 assists in Champions League and Europa League. He also scored and assisted in the semi-final of Club World Cup where Chelsea lost in the final. He also had three goals and nine assists in the Fa Cup and League cup. In total, he scored 20 goals and assisted 30 goals that season. He was lethal on away grounds where he scored 9 of his 12 Premier League goals and also assisting 6 goals in that. In crucial games, Mata stepped up and scored some crucial goals. He scored 2 goals against Arsenal and Spurs that season along with scoring an 87th-minute winner at Old Trafford. He also assisted Demba Ba's goal against United in FA Cup QF replay.
With Chelsea having a satisfactory season if not amazing, all hopes rested on winning Europa League and having two European cups in succession. Mata assisted two goals in the final where Ivanovic scored a 91st-minute winner. Mata was much loved by Chelsea fans and is still applauded when he returns as an opposition player. The contribution he had for Chelsea in his 2 and half year spell was amazing and it was unfortunate to see him leave. 
3. Didier Drogba (2010)
2009/10 season will always hold a special place for every Chelsea fan. Chelsea showed some exhilarating football that season where they amassed whopping 103 goals in the League. Didier Drogba produced a stunning performance that season where he scored 29 goals in the league and finished as the highest scorer in the League. Didier Drogba has overall won 14 trophies at Chelsea where he won 4 Premier League titles, 4 Fa Cup titles, 3 League Cups, Champions League and two Community Shields.
Drogba is always known as a player who shines on the biggest occasions and in 2009/10 he did the same. Against Traditional Big Six, he amassed 7 goals and 3 assists from which 4 goals came against his favourite Opposition in Arsenal. Chelsea and United were indulged in an end to end title race and at one stage United had acquired a slender one-point lead over Chelsea with a match between both clubs yet to take place. Drogba scored an important goal in that fixture and Chelsea came away with a 2-1 victory from Old Trafford. It proved to be pivotal with Chelsea becoming champions by a mere one point. Chelsea had a tough time against Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final but Drogba scored an amazing free-kick to win Chelsea the competition. He also had to miss some League matches due to international commitments and could have broken some important records. In total, he scored 37 goals in all Competitions. In modern times people compare players on stats but whoever has observed Drogba know he has to be one of the best strikers to grace the Premier League.  

4. N'Golo Kante (2018)

Chelsea suffered a major reshuffle in midfield. Losing Matic wasn't ideal and his replacements never hit the ground running. After an amazing season at Monaco, a lot was expected from Bakayoko but it turned out to be one of the worst transfer Chelsea had performed in the past decade. On top of it, they got involved in another deal which proved to be disastrous. They bought Drinkwater from Leicester City on the deadline day for a whooping 35 Million Pounds. In total, they incurred above 70 Million on Midfield recruitment and it proved to be the downfall for Chelsea that season.
In 2016-17 Conte preferred 3-4-3 but in the subsequent year, he also used a 3-5-2 formation. Drinkwater hadn't played a game till October due to injury and after that, he was used rarely due to poor performances. Bakayoko couldn't adjust and all was left to Ngolo Kante and Fabregas. In those circumstances, Kante produced some exceptional performances. He was the shining light in a majorly disappointing season for Chelsea. He averaged 3.3 tackles per game and also had 2.5 interceptions to show per game. His importance was shown when during his Injury, Chelsea drew and lost to Roma conceding massive 6 goals in 2 games and also suffered a defeat to Crystal Palace who hadn't earned a point up to that stage of the season.
Kante always shines on the big occasions and that is what he showed that season. Willian and Kante produced world-class performance against Barcelona in Champions League round of 16 but it was not enough to get Chelsea through to the next round. Camp Nou is always regarded as a fortress for away teams and Ngolo Kante produced one of his best performances of his career in that ground. With having failed to obtain top 4, all eyes were on FA cup final where Chelsea came face to face with Manchester United. Everybody knew it would be the last game for Conte as a Chelsea manager and a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle previous week did not impart any confidence to Chelsea fans.
But Kante produced a stunning performance where he along with Bakayoko and Fabregas controlled the midfield and outmatched their opposition midfielders. A season with doom and gloom after January had got a happy ending and it established Kante as one of the star players of Chelsea along with Eden Hazard. Overall he has won three trophies in his Chelsea career which include winning Europa League, Premier League and an FA Cup. He has been one of the best midfielders in the world for the past some years and Chelsea will hope he comes back fully fit from his regular injury problems. 
5. Willian (2016)
After winning the League in 2015, everybody anticipated Chelsea to be in the hunt again but what no one transpired was Chelsea finishing in 10th position in the league. 2015/16 would always remain as one of the rare seasons where top teams faltered and we got to see a fairytale story in Leicester's title victory. Willian was the only player who stood up among many elite players. Fans have always voiced their displeasure over Willian's consistency and there is no doubt that he hasn't lived up to his potential but 2015/16 would always remain his one of the best seasons in the Chelsea shirt. He scored 5 goals and assisted 6 in the Premier League where Chelsea finished 31 points behind Leicester City. His main contribution came in the Champions League where he was involved in 5 goals and one assist. This was the season where fans got to know his abilities on Free kicks.
Willian scored some splendid goals that season. His goal against Crystal Palace has to be one of the best he has scored for Chelsea. In the League, Willian had 2.3 key passes per game and also had 2.4 dribbles per game. His connection with Diego Costa was splendid where he provided assists for three of Diego Costa's goals. He also assisted the first goal in a famous 2-2 draw where Chelsea ended Tottenham’s chance to stay in the title race. His stats that season might doubt people why that is considered amazing, but with no player stepping up that season, only Willian stood and helped guide Chelsea through a turbulent season. Willian has had an amazing career at Chelsea where he has won two Premier League, League Cup, Fa cup and the Europa League. There is no doubt he is a top player on his day but his inconsistencies have swayed him away from becoming a star player for Chelsea.

These were some of the best performances from players who won this award in the past 10 years. But honourable mentions must go to Hazard's performances in the two title-winning seasons but in my opinion, his 2018/19 season remains unmatched and has to be the best performance you will see from a player. 
Written by - @Shrey765

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