At the Chelsea Player of The Year Awards held yesterday evening at Stamford Bridge, Ghanaian defender Baba Rahman failed to grab the Young Player Of the Year Award, coming second in the voting polls to England Under 21 midfielder, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who snapped the accolade.
Baba Rahman, 21, was playing for German club FC Augsburg before his impressive performances caught the attention of Chelsea. He joined the London club in 2015 on a deal worth £14 million which later increased to £22 million. On the other hand the winner, Loftus-Cheek has been playing at the Chelsea Academy since the age of 8 and made his debut for the first team in 2014, however, 2015/2016 would go on to be his breakthrough year- he scored two goals for the club including his first at the senior level. One of the goals came in an FA Cup match in January against Scunthorpe and the other was among the 4:0 thrashing the blues gave to Aston Villa at Villa Park in April.
Despite joining the team after Loftus-Cheek, Baba Rahman has played more games with the blues than the English man in all competitions. Rahman featured in 21 games while Loftus-Cheek appeared in 19 games, 16 of those being in the English Premier league. The duo could add to their appearances this weekend as Chelsea take on the Premier League Champions Leicester City in the final game of the 2015/2016 season.
Baba Rahman began his career at Dreams FC before playing in the Ghanaian Premier League with Asante Kotoko.
The German Bundesliga Club Greuther Fürth signed him in 2012 and after two seasons with the side he joined FC Augsburg from where Chelsea signed him. A left back with impressive stats, Rahman has scored two goals in his burgeoning football career. He has named fellow Ghanaian Chelsea legend Michael Essien as one of his role models, Rahman has said he is determined to achieve the same feat Essien did with the London club.
FULL WINNERS LIST OF THE CHELSEA END OF THE SEASON AWARD
Player of the Year: Willian
Players’ Player of the Year: Willian
Goal of the Year: Eden Hazard
Young Player of the Year: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Academy Player of the Year: Fikayo Tomori
Ladies Player of the Year: Katie Chapman