Chelsea’s season has been poor and despite three points against a struggling Aston Villa side, this is unlikely to change soon. The team have won just three games of their opening nine. Several players have been guilty of under performing, most notably Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic.
One player who has been a bright light in an otherwise miserable opening few months though has been the Brazilian Wiillian. Willian, who joined for £32 million in Mourinho’s opening season, has been excellent. Against Aston Villa he was sharp to intercept a misplaced pass and set up Diego Costa for the opening goal, one that calmed the Chelsea nerves.
The assist meant that Willian has contributed four goals and an assist in his last five appearances for Chelsea in all competitions. He’s become some what of a set piece master this season but aside from that in open play he’s been very good.
Not always the most overtly creative player, he’s provided much needed energy and work-rate into the attacking three. Again, that interception was a great example of this. Chelsea need players to step up and thus far Willian has been willing to take responsibility. After two international games he came back and was in fine form against Villa. If he could add more goals from open play and get more assists, he’d be a truly top player. Whether he can fill the void if Hazard is continually left out, remains to be seen though.