Chelsea won the Premier League with plenty of time to spare this term, so, as you’d expect, they hoover up quite a few good grades in our 2014/15 report card.
They’re 13/10 to win a fourth top-flight title under Jose Mourinho next season, and with most of this lot set to be around that bet looks as likely as not to come off.
The PFA and FWA Player of the Year has to take full marks, after finishing the campaign with 17 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League and Champions League combined. England is lucky to have him, but can it hold him?
Like Hazard, Ivanovic was an ever-present as the Blues raced to the top-flight title, contributing 11 goals/assists from right-back along the way and only getting sent off once, although he was lucky to stay on the pitch against Everton in February.
Like him or loathe him, Chelsea’s skipper, the third and final 38-game Premier League participant from the champions’ ranks this term, threw his body in the way of attack after attack as Mourinho’s men let in the fewest goals in the division.
The west Londoners didn’t lose a match in the first half of 2014/15 with the Serbian in from the off, going down just twice all term when Matic made the XI, while one of those games was the 3-0 dead-rubber reverse at West Brom. Why did they ever sell him in the first place?
The young man who makes fellow fledgling France international centre-half Eliaquim Mangala seem very expensive; ‘the new Marcel Desailly’, according to BBC pundit Danny Murphy, made the pitch 26 times in his first term at Stamford Bridge, ending up on the losing side just once.
Hardly infallible and upstaged somewhat by the form of another former Atletico Madrid netminder, Manchester United’s David de Gea, but Chelsea’s giant new number one can be happy with his first campaign at the club.
A cracking strike rate of 20 goals in 24 Premier League starts might mean an A in most quarters, but failing to get on from the off in the other 14 fixtures is a blot on the 26-year-old’s copybook. Them hamstrings be dodgy.
Started life at Chelsea like a train, laying on 13 top-flight assists by New Year’s Day, but only managed five more in the second half of the league campaign, and scored just five all-competition goals himself all season. Must work on his stamina, it seems.
Probably started the season vying with Andre Schurrle for a spot in the first team. Saw of the now-Wolfsburg winger by January and is seemingly miles ahead of his replacement Juan Cuadrado.
Started 33 of his side’s 38 Premier League matches, but seemingly under pressure for his place from Zouma ahead of next term and rarely touted as a future captain, which could be telling.
Has restricted new signing Filipe Luis to just nine Premier League starts, largely against bottom-half teams, one of which came after the league was won. ‘Dave’ is here to stay it seems.
Seven goals in all competitions was by far his worst return in three years at Chelsea, and the 23-year-old is often sacrificed for more brawn in big away games, such as Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and against closest rivals Manchester City at the Etihad. Must try harder.
See Cesar Azpilicueta.
Nine goals in 27 appearances beats Oscar, and only ten of them were starts, but it’s hard to see the Frenchman troubling Costa, or his replacement if he leaves, for a regular first-team spot.
Often preferred to Remy and hit a vein of form between October and December, scoring six times in 11 appearances, but only one in 29 fixtures outside that. Did his job.
Settling into life as understudy to Fabregas, Matic and any of the three spots ahead that might need a gap plugging. If he’s willing to only start one game in four, he’s a massive asset to Chelsea.
Finally, a homegrown Blues boy is handed Premier League gametime, and at home to Liverpool at that, albeit in a meaningless fixture. Surely destined for feeder club Vitesse.
Probably should have left last summer. After playing at least 42 times for Chelsea in each of the past six seasons, 15 largely-insignificant outings is a sorry comedown. Needs to leave now.
John Obi Mikel
It’s quite surprising that he made 24 appearances all told for Chelsea in 2014/15. Did bag his fifth goal in over 300 games for the club against Sporting in the Champions League.