Where will Willian fit in the Chelsea side?

Where will Willian fit in the Chelsea side?



Chelsea have recently gazumped London rivals Tottenham to sign Anzhi attacking-midfielder Willian.

The 25-year old was undergoing a medical with Spurs, but the Blues swooped in matching his asking price and subsequently pinching him off their hands.

Understandably, Tottenham supporters are furious with how Chelsea have gone about their business, but the question is where on earth the Brazilian international will fit in the Chelsea team.

To suggest the Europa League winners have more than enough strength in depth in Willian’s favoured position is an understatement. The 25-year old plays as a left-winger or central attacking-midfield – two positions Chelsea couldn’t be more heavily stocked in.

Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Andre Shurrle, Kevin De Bruyne, and Victor Moses can all play on the left-wing for Chelsea. Mata, Hazard, Oscar, and even van Ginkel could all be utilised in the attacking-midfield position.

From the outside, Chelsea signing Willian would seem a pointless endeavour, but has Tottenham’s summer activity meant the Blues are now taking affirmative action to halt their progress?

There is no doubting of the Brazilian’s ability and his potential to play among the best sides in Europe, however, he’s chosen a side where it’s more than likely he will struggle just to make the bench.

Hardly ambitious if he isn’t getting a look regardless of how he’s playing in training, and what will it do for the harmony of the side? Chelsea’s current options can’t have taken kindly with even more competition potentially joining the ranks.

Players need a run of games for consistency, and it won’t be guaranteed if manager Jose Mourinho has to keep rotating to keep players happy.

He’s yet to be officially named a Chelsea addition, but spending £30M on a somebody who could well be bench duty seems rather wasteful. Especially considering the fact Mourinho stated getting a striker was the side’s number one priority.

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  1. On the bench for most of the time, there are already four midfielders there better than him and that’s not including Lampard.
    Remember how Parker’s career was set back years.
    The perfect example of the word mercenary.

  2. He won’t fit in. He won’t play probably be loaned out to West Brom or Wolfburg. A case of too much money and don’t know what to do with it? Chelsea have currently got 8 midfielders plus him and Markin on loan they can’t all play?

  3. As a bench warmer ….. Jose didn’t want him, and Abramovich will have the satisfaction of knowing that he screwed one of his London rivals, but the only loser (football wise) is Willian himself.

  4. Dont think Willian actually put alot of thought about what position he will play at Chelski….The ££££££££ signs got in the way!! COYS

  5. Yes, this was all about putting uppity Tottenham firmly in their place in the pecking order of things according to Abramovich. However as the article ably points out he may have sown the seeds of a simmering discontent in the ranks of his own players which could be, how shall I put it? Counterproductive.

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