Chelsea Women stars Bethany England, Sophie Ingle, Guro Reiten and Ji So-Yun are in the running for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award, while Erin Cuthbert has been nominated for Young Player of the Year. Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount in the running for men’s Young Player of the Year.
Our five Chelsea Women nominees are currently preparing for the start of our 2020/21 Barclays Women’s Super League campaign, which begins on Sunday away to Manchester United.
Chelsea Women’s Player of the Year, Bethany England, had an outstanding 2019/20 season playing a significant role in our Double-winning campaign. The No.9 finished our shortened season – due to the Covid-19 pandemic – as Chelsea’s top scorer with 21 goals in 24 outings, 14 of those being in the WSL, warranting her being crowned as the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Player of the Year too.
Ingle is in contention for the award as the Welsh captain played an integral part of Hayes’ squad last term. The holding midfielder is known for protecting the back four and helping break up play and although she may not be the most eye-catching performer, her solidity and consistency in front of defence brings out the best in others around her. The 29-year-old quite often showed her superb technical ability on the counter attack, while also having the ability to produce world-class finishes when it matters the most.
Our Norwegian attacking midfielder Reiten had a successful debut season under Emma Hayes. The creative left-footed player played a key part in 23 out of 25 matches by creating a number of assists and finding the back of the net seven times. Due to her impressive individual performances, the Chelsea player had been shortlisted for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League monthly awards throughout the season as well as the Player of the Year honour.
Ji, a former winner of Women’s Player of the Year in 2015, made 18 appearances and scored seven goals making her joint-second top scorer with Reiten. The midfield playmaker, who joined the club back in 2014, continues to be an important part of our success. Her calmness and technical ability shines through on big occasions and the South Korean’s continuous contribution with goals proves to be important.
Cuthbert, who has also been another key performer for the Blues, has been nominated for the junior category for the second consecutive year. The Scottish international made 23 appearances and scored four goals last term.
Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have been shortlisted for the men's PFA Young Player of the Year award. Chelsea’s forward Abraham was the Blues’ top scorer for the 2019/20 season having contributed to 18 goals. In November 2019 the 22-year-old became the second-youngest Chelsea player to reach 10 Premier League goals, after Arjen Robben.
Mount became the first ever Chelsea Academy product to play 50 games in his debut season for the club. The 21-year-old midfielder netted seven times throughout the 2019/20 campaign.