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After the 4-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed Willian as Chelsea’s best player in the last 4-5 games.
According to Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, Willian is in good form because he spends more time on the ball now Eden Hazard has left Chelsea, less pressure from his national team, Lampard encourages constant attacking play which suits him and fans are backing him.
Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “The final joyous recovery is of course Willian who has been sparkling of late. He was getting the bird for a while too but I have my suspicions for the reasons why.
“His work load and schedule has been ridiculous for years with the travelling back to Brazil to play in their myriad games from World Cup qualifiers, Copa America and all the final tournaments themselves.
“He has had very little rest time for quite a few seasons now and I think you could see the wear and tear affecting him.
“His game isn’t that of a winger only, he always works back as well and with both Brazil and Chelsea in the last few years he has suffered from playing on the ‘other’ wing to one of the best players in the world (Neymar and Hazard).
“Neither of those two players are noted for their covering back, so as the other winger you have to compensate and do more work. Trust me I know about this, although it wasn’t always better players on the other wing to me, sometimes it was just lazier! (Not in my time at Chelsea I hasten to add).
“I am not surprised Willian is having a good time. A little less pressure from the national side, more time on the ball now that Eden has gone, a manager who encourages constant attacking play which suits him and now the fans giving him all the backing.
“This could well be a golden season for the 31-year-old in a Chelsea shirt, just as everyone else is talking about the kids.”