Chelsea have this morning had two players nominated for the Premier League Young Player of the Year.
Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount were selected, but plenty of others will feel hard done by. Tammy Abraham could certainly have been in the mix after scoring a boatload of goals this season; and players like Fikayo Tomori had a good start before losing his place in the first XI.
As always, what’s shocking about the award is the fact that a bunch of players who will soon be 25, and are at the peak of their career, are on the list.
How can Jack Grealish and Anthony Martial, both with many full senior seasons under their belts, be competing with players who are in their teens and just starting out in men’s football?
The one upside of that is that it means that this crop of young Chelsea stars will have plenty more chances to win the award. Mount and Pulisic are almost certainly going to lose out to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has been majestic in a dominant Liverpool team, but they still have years of eligibility to go.
Looking at Betwinner casino review, one can see the list of Blues players who could take home the award next season and how their chances are rated.
With a season of Premier League experience under their belts and a nomination for this year’s award already ticked off, Mount and Pulisic are at the top of the list without doubt. The American winger in particular, if he can stay injury free and could continue his form from the last couple of months, would surely be among the favourites for the award in the whole league, let alone in the Chelsea squad.
Then there are those who could play more regularly next season and push their way into the reckoning – Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham and Reece James could all take a big leap forward in the next 12 months.
Then there are the true wildcards – Billy Gilmour if he starts starting regularly, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi if they can start next season fresh and back at the kind of level we know they can reach.
And what about our new signings? Timo Werner will still be eligible, and if we sign a young left back they could also be in the mix.
We will likely have more eligible youngsters playing regularly than any other team next season, so our chances getting more nominations and maybe a winner are very high.
It will all come down to the team’s success ultimately – if Frank Lampard can take them up a level, we’re certain there will be a Blue winner before too long.