Chelsea’s five best players of 2014

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With another year almost over, Vincent Ralph looks at Chelsea's standout stars from 2014.

As another year draws to a close it is time to look at the five players who have stood out for Chelsea in 2014.

The Blues could not seal Premier League glory last season but this year they look a very different proposition and few would bet against them reclaiming the title in Jose Mourinho’s second campaign back at Stamford Bridge.

But whatever may happen in the next 12 months here we take a look back at Chelsea’s top five players of 2014.

Cesc Fabregas

The Spanish midfielder has been nothing short of sensational since his summer move from Barcelona.

Slotting seamlessly into Chelsea’s starting XI and developing a brilliant understanding with international teammate Diego Costa, Fabregas deserves all the plaudits he gets.

The 27-year-old has made 23 appearances since arriving at the Blues, providing a remarkable 17 assists in that time and scoring four goals of his own.

Nemanja Matic

Nenamja Matic returned to Chelsea midway through the last campaign and proved emphatically just how good he had become during his stint at Benfica.

The 26-year-old midfielder is brilliant and would get into any starting XI in Europe on current form.

He may not always make the headlines but without him Chelsea would be nowhere near as effective.

Diego Costa

Chelsea had been crying out for a world-class goal-scorer and then he arrived in the form of Diego Costa.

The Spanish international hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge and already has 12 goals in 19 games. And when you consider the players laying on chances behind him, it is scary how good he could be when fully fit.

Gary Cahill

For all the creative players pulling the strings and scoring the goals for Mourinho’s side, Chelsea’s defence is just as impressive.

Gary Cahill has been tipped as a future captain for both club and country and on current form that is no surprise.

The 29-year-old has made 23 appearances for Chelsea this season and has been vital in their defensive stability.

John Terry

Speaking of which, current club captain John Terry continues to impress despite the fact he recently turned 34.

There is plenty of gas left in the tank for the centre-back, whose partnership with Cahill means Chelsea have conceded just 13 goals in the league this season (the joint-best record along with Southampton).

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