It looks as though it will be a two-horse race for player of the year in this season’s Premier League.
Liverpool’s summer signing Mohamed Salah has been in fine form since his arrival from Roma. The Egyptian has scored 37 goals in all competitions this campaign.
The other option looks like being Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian has been majestic in the City midfield this season helping them run away with the Premier League.
One of the pair will certainly be crowned the Premier League’s best.
Both players have been a joy to watch this season but fans of one club will not be enjoying their excellent campaigns.
Chelsea, of course, had both players in their ranks at one point. De Bruyne joined the Blues from Genk back in 2012. However, he struggled to settle with Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho was not overly keen on the Belgian, who had an excellent spell on loan at Werder Bremen.
In January 2014, he left, joining VfL Wolfsburg in a deal reported by the Telegraph to be in the region of £16.7 million.
Salah arrived at Chelsea in 2014 after an impressive two years with Swiss giants FC Basel. He also struggled to get noticed at Stamford Bridge and after spending one season on loan at AS Roma, agreed a deal reported to be worth €20 million (£17.5 million) by KingFut.
Those are good fees for players who clearly never made it at Chelsea, but now they have come back to haunt Chelsea. At a combined value of just £34.4 million, not including the fees originally paid for the players, Chelsea made two massive errors.
The Blues’ scattergun transfer approach has been noted before. The sheer volume of players currently out on loan from Chelsea is a testament to the fact. But on occasions, it has blown back on them, as is the case with the Premier League’s star duo.
Imagine a Chelsea team now with Eden Hazard and Salah in attack, with De Bruyne pulling the strings in behind. Antonio Conte would have an unbeatable team on his hands.
Chelsea fans will no doubt wish both De Bruyne and Salah were still at Stamford Bridge this season. Instead, they are leading the fight for two teams that have been superior this campaign.
In the future, the Blues might want to think twice before discarding such talented individuals.