For only the third time in the Abramovich era we end a season trophy less and every fan thinks he or she knows why that has happened and cannot understand why the club hierarchy doesn’t see it too. The only problem is that there are now apparently 50 million Chelsea fans around the world so a conservative estimate would be that there are 40 million reasons doing the rounds trying to explain what went wrong in 2010/11.

Rather than look at the larger picture, something I did in another article last week, and without much further ado, this is the players’ season as seen through my (often myopic) eyes.

Petr Cech
Best Premiership goalie alongside Van der Sar and back to the Cech of old. Mistakes were few and far between and Big Pete has to be in the running for Player of the Year. Rating 9

Branislav Ivanovic
Another contender for the Player of the Year award. Iva was solid both at centre half and full back. It says a lot about Avram Grant’s managerial skills, an oxymoron if ever there was one, that he brought the Serb to Chelsea but then never gave him a game. Rating 8

Ashley Cole
Still the best left back in the Premiership although not up to his usual stellar levels. The problem is that he rarely had support out wide, often being faced with two or three opponents when attacking down the left flank. You wonder what might have been if Arjen Robben was still around. Rating 7

David Luiz
He came, he saw, he conquered and then he calmed down. The important thing is that the boy can play and we can look forward to many years of his defensive and attacking skills at the heart of our defence. Looks like he can chip in with 8/9 goals a season. Rating 7

Michael Essien
Our Bison had an up and down season but at least got through it mainly injury free. On fire at the start of the season but joined the rest of the squad in the mid-season slump. Once Lamps was back in the team his performances picked up again. Rating 6.5

Not appreciated straight away by the fans but after a few months even the morons in the MHS who booed him couldn’t but notice that the lad gives the team drive and no little flair. Good first season and, like his fellow Brazilian Luiz, can only get better. Rating 7.5

Frank Lampard
His absence and slow return to form was definitely one of the reasons we dropped so many points in the middle part of the season. It is scary to think we are so reliant on a player nudging 33 years of age, so we just have to hope he beats Sir Stanley Matthews in the longevity stakes. Despite missing 15 league games he has matched our forwards goal for goal. Rating 7

Fernando Torres
The less said the better at this stage. Let’s just hope that the pundits are right and that he comes good next season. The manager, whoever he might be, has to understand that he is not Drogba and the team has to adapt to his style of play if we are to see him at his best. Rating 4

Yossi Benayoun
A season washed out by a serious injury. Like Torres, we will postpone judgment on him till next season. Rating 4

Didier Drogba
Forever the enigma. Was it malaria or indolence that led to his below par season? With DD we can never know. If a manager can get him to play effectively alongside Torres we will have the most potent strike force in the world, if he’s still around to try and make that happen. Rating 6

Jon Obi Mikel
Carried out his defensive duties to the required standard but is still s**t going forward. At least he has grown out his habit of giving away needless free kicks on the edge of our penalty area. He came back looking better in the last few games after being dropped when Frank came back into the team. Rating 6

Florent Malouda
It is difficult to describe a midfielder who scored 14 goals in a season as rubbish but I have no qualms in doing so – Malouda is rubbish. He gives the ball away too often in promising positions and his refusal to stay out wide narrows the scope of our attack. Probably he is instructed to do so by the coach so really it’s no fault of his own. But I don’t like him as a player, it’s my article and I can say what I want. Rating 4

Jose’ Bosingwa
Another injury hit season and never got the chance to really get going. Like Ashley Cole on the other side he rarely has any support out wide and often ends up lobbing harmless balls into the opponents’ area. Unlike Ashley, his defensive skills are iffy and the time has come for Bosi to look elsewhere for a job. Rating 4

Yuri Zhirkov
Is this guy ever fit? Last season he did an ok job at left back but started the season injured and stayed that way for most of it. We were told he was the Russian Maradona when we bought him. Yeah right, and I’m the Maltese Pele. Rating 3

Paolo Ferreira
I’m a big fan of Paolo. He comes in, does a job and just gets on with it. Definitely a million miles better than Bosingwa and should be an automatic choice at right back when Iva is required elsewhere. Rating 6

Salomon Kalou
Great sub but rubbish starter. That just about sums up Salomon for you. Rating 6

Ross Turnbull
Ok as a number two, mainly because of his passport. Played two games all season, conceding four goals in one of them. Rating 5

Daniel Sturridge
Ancelotti must seriously dislike the kid if time after time he overlooks him in favour of Kalou. An extended run in the team will let us know once and or all if he is as good as he thinks he is. We just have to hope that his successful spell at Bolton starts to convince his doubters. Rating 6

John Terry
Still the captain, the leader and the legend and back where he belongs as England captain. Not his finest season ever but still one of our best, week in week out. Rating 8

Yet another one whose season was blighted by injuries. Played very few games but when he did showed his class and usefulness to the team. Rating 7

Nicholas Anelka
For all the goals he scores he rarely does so in the big games. So for that alone it’s time to say goodbye Nik and all the best. Rating 5

Josh McEarchran
This is a season lost for the boy through no fault of his own. Carlo just didn’t give him enough playing time when injuries to other players meant there were places available in the team. Even the one man who went to mow and his dog Spot can tell that the lad is pure class so why not give him the experience?

The other kids
Often flattered to deceive but Ryan Bertrand, Patrick van Aanholt, Jeffry Bruma and possibly Gael Kakuta look like they have big futures ahead of them. Let’s just hope it’s in a Chelsea shirt. Collective rating 6

The Manager
Carlo’s stubbornness and lack of imagination are probably going to cost him his job. Plan B never entered his way of thinking let alone ever came close to execution. The truth is that for long spells the team looked predictable and not great fun to watch. Match turning substitutions seem beyond his grasp. He says he is not afraid of being sacked. I wouldn’t be either if I had a six million quid payout waiting for me. Rating 5

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