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Chelsea Women's awards go to Erin Cuthbert and Sophie Ingle

Erin Cuthbert has been named the Chelsea Women's Player of the Year while the Players' Player of the Year prize has gone to Sophie Ingle. 

The pair received their awards during tonight's end-of-season ceremony in central London ahead of the final game of the season at Reading tomorrow. 

Cuthbert has been one of the stars of the season for Chelsea Women, earning nominations for both the PFA Women’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards after stepping up at big moments for the Blues this term – including scoring in every round of the club's run to the semi-finals of the Champions League and netting a brace against WSL champions Arsenal just after the turn of the year.

The Scot, who will be looking to get one over on her English team-mates in their opening match at this summer's World Cup, combines her quality on the ball with a work ethic and desire to improve which makes her a manager's dream.

'I am absolutely delighted,' beamed Cuthbert. 

'I’m shocked beyond words to be honest. It’s a great feeling for me but it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing backroom staff behind me. I’ve got amazing team-mates and staff. I am so blessed to be at this football club.'

Meanwhile the Players' Player of the Year award went to Ingle, who has quietly gone about her business since returning to the club last summer for her second spell as a Blue, having previously helped us to an FA Cup final in 2012.

Forming a solid midfield partnership with Drew Spence, the Welsh international has been a rock in front of the back four, while her uncomplicated work in possession has been the start of many an incisive attack. Like Claude Makelele, the first winner of the men's equivalent back in 2006, she is the type of player for whom such awards were intended to honour.

'It’s a massive honour to win this award,' Ingle said. 'Thanks to whoever voted for me. A big thank you to my team-mates. I have loved my first season back at Chelsea and I couldn’t ask for better teammates so thank you.'

Chelsea Women Player of the Year

2015 Eniola Aluko
2016 Katie Chapman
2017 Karen Carney
2018 Fran Kirby
2019 Erin Cuthbert

Chelsea Women Players' Player of the Year

2018 Fran Kirby
2019 Sophie Ingle

 

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