Chelsea – Final Position 10th
Player of the season – Willian. At times, the Brazilian seemed to be the only player even trying, marrying up some superb displays with a tremendous work-rate.
Signing of the season – Pedro. That’s not a ringing endorsement. He was the best of a bad bunch. Their business overall was atrocious.
Flop of the season – Eden Hazard. The Belgian play-maker has a lot to answer for. Only came to life and his brilliant best toward the end when he knew a Euro 2016 place was in jeopardy and the glitterati’s scouts would have been doing their rounds. Other than that, he was an embarrassment at times.
Young Blue to look out for – Tammy Abraham. Chelsea’s all-conquering youth set-up is incredible, it has to be said. This could have gone to a number of youngsters. Abraham is a rangy striker who has all the tools needed to succeed. It remains to be seen if he will he get a chance under new boss Antonio Conte.
A car-crash, an embarrassment – call it what you will, Chelsea’s season was certainly an unmitigated disaster from start to finish. The sad way in which club doctor Eva Carneiro was treated and subsequently left was to prove the opening chapter of a desperately poor campaign. The club was in the news all season for the wrong reasons, with the notorious Jose Mourinho at the centre of a lot of it. Though the ‘Special One’ has never been shy in courting controversy- the media, the fans and even the bigwigs finally got sick of his posturing in the end. Some of his comments bordered on the ridiculous, and finally, proved fatal for his reign. His statement that some players were not at their ‘normal level’ after a defeat to Leicester City was a shock, even if it was true. He even managed to alienate his squad further by dismissing an injury to Eden Hazard. This was the last straw for him seemingly, as it’s simply clear that the players, led by Hazard and Cesc Fabregas downed tools from then on. Some form of normality only resumed with his sacking and arrival of the popular Guus Hiddink. Chelsea will enter another new dawn under Antonio Conte, and there’s a lot to be positive about; but many will be nervous this Summer, and rightly so. Players like Loic Remy, Jon Obi Mikel and Branislav Ivanovic coupled with bizarre loan signings such as Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato may/will be looking for pastures new.