Chelsea’s season got here to a stuttering and disappointing finish with a scrappy 2-1 win over Watford, with on and off the pitch points contributing to a completely underwhelming marketing campaign.
Regardless of this, there have been nonetheless loads of positives to take, and 101 takes a take a look at a few of them, and a number of the much less constructive moments, in our finish of season round-up for the Blues.
Participant of the season: Mason Mount
For the second season in a row, the award has to go to Chelsea’s personal Mason Mount. The midfielder dropped off from his heights of final season, however nonetheless got here up with 11 objectives and 10 assists within the Premier League, in addition to a aim and three assists in 6 FA Cup outings.
Mason Mount is the primary Chelsea participant since Eden Hazard to win back-to-back Participant of the Season awards…
Unimaginable achievement. 👏 pic.twitter.com/Yq3TjxM4H5
— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) Might 22, 2022
And, in a disappointing season for the Blues, the midfielder stood above the remaining.
Younger participant of the season: Reece James
At 22 years outdated, Reece James is already arguably one of the best right-back within the Premier League, even when he was out and in of the Chelsea aspect by harm.
Most objectives and assists by defenders within the Premier League 2021-22:
🔴 Trent Alexander-Arnold: 14
🔵 Reece James: 14 pic.twitter.com/n0niHDYCrO
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) Might 24, 2022
A key contributor to Tuchel’s again three, James was tried each as a wing-back and without any consideration centre-back and maybe his significance was underlined most by his absence. The Blues seemed toothless and struggled in all phases, which James actually helped with.
Purpose of the season: Mateo Kovacic vs Liverpool
Antonio Rudiger’s thunderbolt towards Brentford was a really shut second on this award, however tright here has at all times been a sure magnificence to a well-struck volley, and Matteo Kovacic’s effort towards Liverpool was no totally different.
With the Blues 2-0 down and heading into a tough halftime group speak, a nook broke to the Croatian midfielder on the sting of the field, earlier than he despatched it again with curiosity, flying previous Alisson and halving the deficit.
The response was instantaneous too, with Christian Puliisic levelling the sport in first-half stoppage time. It was Kova’s attractive strike that acquired the ball rolling, although.
My favorite Mateo Kovacic aim this season. pic.twitter.com/DvUCepLvQg
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) Might 6, 2022
Signing of the season: N/A
Chelsea solely introduced in a single participant in the summertime and, as will probably be seen beneath, he was removed from spectacular.
Flop of the season: Romelu Lukaku
The place to start with this signing? Introduced in for giant cash, Lukaku’s homecoming rapidly soured after an interview given to Italian media, earlier than a aim drought and a interval within the chilly adopted.
All advised, the Belgian managed simply 14 objectives, 8 of these coming within the Premier League. It was nicely beneath what Chelsea thought that they had been shopping for in July.
Did Chelsea meet expectations?
Briefly, no. Chelsea had been anticipated to problem for the Premier League title however ended the season a distant third, 19 factors behind the eventual winners. Two cup closing defeats on penalties will do nothing to ease the ache, particularly when each went Liverpool’s approach.
They received two trophies, within the type of the European Tremendous Cup and the Membership World Cup, however that can come as little comfort.
Points on and off the pitch have made it a season that can stay lengthy within the reminiscence of Blues followers, however that they might somewhat neglect.
The place do Chelsea must strengthen?
The defence is the largest subject, with each Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leaving at no cost and query marks over Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso past this summer time.
Moreover, they might want a midfield addition relying on the way forward for Jorginho, and they’d certainly wish to refresh their ahead line for a 3rd consecutive summer time ought to they be capable of organize departures.
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Premier League desk
|7||West Ham United||38||9||56|
|9||Brighton & Hove Albion||38||-2||51|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||23|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||23|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||18|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur||17|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||16|
|De Bruyne, Kevin||Manchester Metropolis||15|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||15|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester Metropolis||15|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace||14|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester Metropolis||13|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||12|
|Maddison, James||Leicester Metropolis||12|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford FC||12|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||11|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||11|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester Metropolis||11|
|Pukki, Teemu||Norwich Metropolis||11|
|Watkins, Ollie||Aston Villa||11|
|Participant||Staff||Purple Playing cards||Yellow Playing cards|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||11|
|Xhaka, Granit||Arsenal FC||1||10|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||11|
|Firpo, Junior||Leeds United||0||11|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||10|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||0||10|
|Brownhill, Josh||Burnley FC||0||10|
|Bednarek, Jan||Southampton FC||0||10|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||10|
|Moreno, Rodrigo||Leeds United||0||9|
|Neves, Ruben||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||9|
|Romeu, Oriol||Southampton FC||0||9|
|Rudiger, Antonio||Chelsea FC||0||9|
|Mctominay, Scott||Manchester United||0||9|
|Salisu, Mohammed||Southampton FC||0||8|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||0||8|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford FC||0||8|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||7|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||1||7|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||13|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||12|
|Barnes, Harvey||Leicester Metropolis||11|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur||10|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||10|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||10|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||10|
|Maddison, James||Leicester Metropolis||9|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||9|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||9|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester Metropolis||9|
|De Bruyne, Kevin||Manchester Metropolis||8|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester Metropolis||8|
|Kulusevski, Dejan||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||7|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||7|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||7|
|Lacazette, Alexandre||Arsenal FC||7|
|Mbeumo, Bryan||Brentford FC||7|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||6|