For most of the summer transfer window, Chelsea had to turn down offers from some of Europe’s biggest sides for forward, Willian. Manchester United made no secret their admiration for the Brazilian, and were prepared to pay as much as £50 Million, but Chelsea were not ready to do business.
Spanish giants, Barcelona, also tabled offers of their own, according to their valuation of the player; however, none of them were quite sufficient enough by Chelsea’s standards.
Not only did the club’s position show we’re not a side that can be bullied without some good fight, it also highlights just how highly appreciated Willian is to us, and rightly so.
In his five years of football in England, he has established himself as a top player, and every Chelsea manager since Jose Mourinho has found him good enough for their team. He may not have featured quite regularly, but he definitely has played well enough for every one of them. Maurizio Sarri has not been an exception to this trend, as he’s played the Brazilian in all four of our games this season. However, Willian’s performances this season have been a little below expectations.
He is of course good on the ball, but creativity seems to have eluded him under the current system. This has drawn comparisons with Pedro by some fans. Like Willian, Pedro has played all four of our games this term, and racked up three goals in the process.
For some fans, Pedro gets in better goal scoring positions, and moves the ball better than his Brazilian colleague, and for that, deserves more playing time under this system.
Perhaps, playing under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona helped prepare Pedro for this system, but the truth is he seems to be flourishing more than ever. I mean, if you can rake in three goals after your first four, you must be in some form!
I personally cannot say Pedro is a better player than Willian, but I can say he has outshone him thus far this term. And it’s not just about the goals, it’s in the way he has seamlessly adapted to life under Sarri.
There is yet time left for Willian to up his game, and prove it wasn’t a mistake to not sell him in the summer, but he must do it fast or might well kiss game time goodbye at Sarri’s Chelsea.