Antonio Conte came into Stamford Bridge and rejuvenated a Chelsea midfield that Jose Mourinho built and destroyed in one season. As they romped to their sixth title, the midfield was key and Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kanté and Nemanja Matic all played a major part.
Eden Hazard, although rated as one of the best midfielders in the world, was looking far from happy under Jose Mourinho. A very public fall-out resulted in the Belgian midfielder losing his place in the team and actively seeking a way out of Stamford Bridge. Now, under the guidance of Antonio Conte, he has flourished and become one of the key parts of a title-winning side. With 36 games under his belt this season, he weighed in with 16 goals, 5 assists and 15 clean sheets. He was the second best performing midfielder in fantasy football with 99 points in total, and with a value of 12M, he finished the season with a price/performance ratio of 8.6. With his eye for goal and his ability to pick out a killer pass, he is one player that any team should be built around and as he gets set for the new season with Champions League football now back at Chelsea, he will look to keep his influence going on an already winning side.
N’Golo Kanté played 35 matches in the Premier League this season, however as important as defensive midfielders are, they are never going to earn a huge amount of fantasy football points. He earned a total of 47 points with just one goal, one assist and 13 clean sheets. He began the season valued at just 4.5M and as a result, his price/performance ratio of 5.6, reflects the fact that he doesn’t get forward as much as other midfielders in an impressive Chelsea squad.
Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, who is rumoured to be interesting his old boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, played 30 matches for Chelsea in their title-winning season. He, like his midfield partner, Kanté, scored one goal along with 7 assists and 16 clean sheets, gave him a total of 47 points. With a value of 8.5M, his price/performance ratio at the end of the season was similar to that of Kanté’s at 5.8.
With Chelsea being linked to all manner of players and fighting on four fronts next season, these three players should be key to any success they may have next season.
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