Throughout Chelsea's season, many players have shown why they deserve a place in Jose Mourinho's starting eleven; Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Willian are just a few names that come to mind.
One player that might not come to mind however, is Cesar Azpilicueta. The Spanish international's performances have shown why he is Chelsea's starting left-back.
Since signing from French side Marseille in the summer of 2012, Azpilicueta has quickly cemented himself as a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, with the Chelsea fans christening him 'Dave'.
The defender scored his first Blues goal in the Capital One Cup against London rivals Arsenal, scoring the opener in a 2-0 win.
His performances at left-back has repaid the faith Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has put in him. Despite usually being a right back, Azpilicueta has made the spot his own; keeping out Ashley Cole in the process.
Cole has been out of the team after the 2-0 loss at Newcastle late last year, when Mourinho said he made '11 mistakes' in the line-up.
With the summer departure of Cole looking more likely, Azpilicueta could have the left back position all to himself moving forward. Transfers rumours have linked Southampton left back Luke Shaw to a move to Stamford Bridge. Would he be able to displace Azpilicueta as first-choice left back?
Most recently, in Chelsea's 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal, Azpilicueta picked up the man of the match award; surprising many, as it was given to a defender and not an attacking player.
Surely Azpilicueta, and many other players, will be in contention with favourite Eden Hazard for Chelsea's player of the year award.
If the Spaniard continues the form he is currently in, he could have the left-back position for years to come at Stamford Bridge.
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