Chelsea win big in FIFA The Best Awards
Chelsea football club were well represented in the just concluded FIFA The Best Awards gala. The blues scooped nothing less than three honors as footballers and coaches were recognized for their exploits in the past 12 months.
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy won the best Men’s goalkeeper of the year award while Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes won the Best coach of the year award in the male and females categories.
Mendy voted best men’s goalkeeper of the year
Mendy’s triumph came after a remarkable year in which the Senegalese conceded just 27 goals in 50 games, keeping 27 cleansheets in the process. The goalkeeper voted as best men’s goalkeeper however was surprisingly excluded from the FIFPro team of the year. Despite Mendy’s exclusion, the blues had representatives in the FIFPro IX with Jorginho and Kante sitting in midfield. Even though Mendy was not able to attend the award ceremony -as he is currently with the Senegal national team at the African Cup of Nations – he expressed his gratitude to the voters via posts on his social media accounts.
Tuchel finally gets his recognition
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was voted as the Best Men’s Coach of the Year after guiding the West London club to their second Champions League trophy last season. He took over a sinking Chelsea team and revitalized them in a short period. Tuchel’s achievements at Chelsea includes:
- Won Champions League
- Reached FA cup finals
- Won UEFA Super cup
- Carabao cup finals
- Beaten every top coach in the Premier League
Need to buckle up
Chelsea have already lost grounds to Man City in the race for the Premier League title. Their title push could well and truly be over. Nevertheless, there are still lots to be won. There is the FA cup and they are still in it. The FIFA club world cup offers another shot at silverware while they could also win the Carabao cup if they beat either of Arsenal or Liverpool in the final.
Transfer window calling
Not to be distracted by the euphoria of the awards, Chelsea and Tuchel will now turn their attentions to the winter transfer window. The Blues are depleted at left back having lost Ben Chilwell to injury. Although Kenedy has been recalled from his loan at Fluminense, it is unlikely that he’d solve the problem. Thus Chelsea are seeking defensive options. Chelsea probably do not need to buy a left-back now as they would have one too many when players return from injuries. Jules Kounde has been a long-term transfer target for the Blues. Capturing a defender in the calibre of Kounde could allow the versatile Caser Azplicueta to slot in left wingback.
Tuchel may also need to address the challenges with his misfiring strikers. Club record signing, Romelu Lukaku seems a misfit for the team, and Werner looks to have lost his scoring touch. The arrival of a new and prolific striker could be likely on the cards, even though the hunt for a striker might last till the summer transfer window. Erling Haaland has been on the Blues’ radar for a while. Could he be moving to West London anytime soon?