Paul Canoville names Chelsea's three best players of the season, including 22-year-old star that 'looks at ease'

Paul Canoville has named only defenders when asked for the three frontrunners for Chelsea’s player of the season award.

Canoville has picked out Antonio Rudiger, Reece James and Thiago Silva as the club’s outstanding performers across the 2021/22 campaign.

With just one Premier League game left at home to Watford on Sunday, it’s a great time to reflect on the year as a whole.

For certain, Blues centre-halves Rudiger and Silva have been outstanding in defence, particularly in the first half of the season.

Rudiger’s leaving in the summer when his contract ends, but has been so influential with his aggressive defending. Meanwhile, 37-year-old centre-back partner Silva has been proving just how good you can be in the latter stages of your career.

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Finally, 22-year-old wing-back James, who Thomas Tuchel thinks can be one of the very best, has been exquisite when fit.

Canoville has put forward three names for Chelsea’s annual individual prize. He’s particularly impressed with how “at ease” Blues full-back James looks on the pitch.

“Definitely Rudiger would be up there,” Canoville said when asked for Chelsea’s player of the year contenders.

“I love Reece [James]. I love what he’s been doing, now he looks so accomplished… He looks at ease in his position as a right wing-back.

“The third it’s a difficult one. Silva, still reads the game well, still gives all he can.”

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Chelsea’s player of the season

Yes, the aforementioned trio are fully in with a good shout of the club’s player of the year.

However, one glaring omission from Canoville’s shortlist is Mason Mount.

England star Mount has scored 13 goals and made 16 assists across all competitions so far this season with one game remaining.

Meanwhile, the form of Mateo Kovacic when he’s been able to play is worth a special mention.

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