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Eden Hazard’s departure from Chelsea during the summer left Chelsea fans wondering who would be Chelsea’s new No.10.
Many were expecting it’ll be a contest between January signing Christian Pulisic and highly-rated youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi. Surprisingly, it was Willian who took on the jersey.
The decision to hand Willian the No.10 shirt caused a lot of debate, but the Brazilian is now proving that he’s the right choice.
However, it didn’t start out all too well for Willian as the new No.10 as he struggled in his first couple of games having missed Chelsea’s pre-season games due to injury. But over the past few games, the Brazilian has been in good form, raking in the goals and assists and his all-round play has been impressive as well.
Compared to Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic, it’s evident at the moment that Lampard made the right choice to hand Willian the No.10 jersey. The Brazilian is indeed leading by example with his good work ethics and is giving very dedicated performances per game. For Pulisic, he has struggled to enter the first team as Lampard is clearly not impressed with certain aspects of his game especially his lack of work rate, while Hudson-Odoi isn’t yet the finished article.
Willian has been a regular starter for Chelsea since the 5-2 victory over Wolves and Lampard believes the winger is an example to other players due to his work rate and quality on the ball.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed Willian as Chelsea’s best player in the last 4-5 games, and the Blues boss is right.
“The balance at the moment is good. It’s nice for me, it’s great to coach because the young players want to improve all the time, but you have to mention the experienced players around them,” Lampard said after Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Southampton.
“Willian was the standout today, without a doubt. If you wanted to show our wingers what we want from them, we would show them a video of his work ethic today, and his quality and burst of pace on the ball.
“In the last four or five games he has been our best player.
“It’s a great thing to say when you have got players who are examples on the pitch around these young boys.”