LOOKING BACK: NO 15

Posted on: Wed 27 Jun 2012

By his own standards, the 2011/12 campaign will probably go down as a disappointing one for Florent Malouda, who ended the previous campaign as the club's top scorer.

He began the season reasonably well and scored a late winner as we came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge, but his involvement was hampered by the arrival of Juan Mata.

With Andre Villas-Boas favouring a 4-3-3 formation, there was only room in the side for one left-sided attacker, and more often than not it was the Spaniard who was given the nod.

On occasions, the two were used in tandem, and it was Malouda who created the opening goal for Mata in the 4-0 FA Cup win against Portsmouth in January.

However, when Roberto Di Matteo took over from Villas-Boas, his preference for a 4-2-3-1 style of play saw Mata move into a more central role, while Salomon Kalou was preferred to Malouda wide on the left.

But while the Frenchman wasn't starting regularly, he was still involved, and he came off the bench to score the final goal in our 5-1 destruction of Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final, while also making a late cameo in the Final of the same competition.

He started away at Arsenal and Liverpool towards the end of the season, and he was also expected to start in the Champions League Final, only to come on as a second half substitute, replacing Ryan Bertrand.

Appearances: 21+22
Goals: 3
Assists: 9
Minutes on pitch: 1,163