Brazilian winger Willian has become the figure of criticism recently after supporters grew frustrated with his final pass, lack of goals and creativity. Perhaps a somewhat unfair judgement but one that could not be ignored all the less.
I can happily say that I’ve not been one of those to sound out the 26-year-old although admittedly I wanted to see more. I’ve always believed that he is a hugely dangerous player who has a lot more in his locker than we’ve seen to date. Thankfully however, we have started to see more and more from the speedy winger and his confidence seems to be growing at a rate of knots.
Many have stated that his turn in form has been as a result of the arrival of Juan Cuadrado and competition for places increases. I believe though that this is as a result of a player coming in to more confidence and reaching his peak. I also believe he has been much better when played centrally in that three behind the striker role, giving him much more freedom and the chance to dictate play and control our attacks.
Willian is a huge talent and if he is continued to be given that central role ahead of Oscar, I believe we will see more goals from him and chances made. He will continue to buzz and be the focal point to Chelsea attacks. Whereas Oscar slows the game down, Willian has that intensity that Mourinho likes and will be a real advantage point on counter attacks, with him down the middle and the pace of Eden Hazard and Juan Cuadrado alongside. This creates a very fast and mouth watering prospect that will put fear in defences across the Premier League.
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