Chelsea Player of the Season awards: Chelsea’s Player of the Season honors were simply revealed tonight, as part of our final match of the season, instead of the traditional end-of-season awards banquet, which we were not allowed to plan to owe to the club’s (still) in force regulations.
So, after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Watford, captain César Azpilicueta stepped to the microphone to announce that Mason Mount, like last year, has been named Chelsea Player of the Season for 2022.
I expected Thiago Silva would be the front-runner for this prize — and he was “close” — but Mount is a solid contender as well.
He joins John Hollins, Ray Wilkins, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, and Eden Hazard as the only players to win the accolade two seasons in a row (who holds the record with four overall wins). That’s not the awful company!
On the women’s side, Sam Kerr was an easy pick, and the obvious choice has won out with “almost 70% of the vote.” Kerr has already won the FWA Women’s Player of the Year award after scoring 32 goals in all competitions.
Meanwhile, the Chelsea Academy Player of the Year title, which is voted by the coaching and management staff, goes to Harvey Vale.
Vale follows in the footsteps of Tino Livramento, Billy Gilmour, Conor Gallagher, Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, and Dominic Solanke, who all play in the Premier League or Serie A (or will next season).
The full list of winners will be updated soon…