Is Willian Finally Going To Be A Blue?
The transfer rumours keep on flooding in as I talk about another different player linked to the European Champions. Today, the spotlight is on Willian, Shakhtar’s attacking midfielder.
We have been highly linked with Willian of Shakhtar ever since our failed bid in January 2012 but our links to him have become fewer and far between ever since they sent us out of the Champions League. All was quiet until recently when Willian was reported AWOL from Shakhtar. He has failed to turn up for Shakhtar’s training camp and just as you’d predict, Chelsea were immediately linked to him and we are set to spark a bidding war with Spurs for the extremely talented Brazilian playmaker.
Many of you – like me – have only ever seen Willian play in the Champions League vs us this season. Again, many of you – like me – liked what they saw and are certainly keen on enlarging our Brazilian contingent at Stamford Bridge. Willian is without doubt a talented player, a pacey and skilful attacking midfielder capable of playing in any 3 of the positions in behind our main striker. He’d certainly be a welcome addition and I know a lot of us want him at Chelsea.
However (like all of my articles on transfers there is a however), is signing Willian a necessity? Taison was a similar player and nobody really thought he was necessarily needed at Chelsea. Willian is definitely the better player but I don’t think that changes anything. I am a massive fan of Victor Moses and I think he has been brilliant this season; Willian would push him out of the team. I am also a big fan of Oscar but again, Willian would push him out of the team. We must also remember Kevin de Bruyne (who is having a truly brilliant season in Germany), Marko Marin and bright young talent Lucas Piazon, all of whom would have their careers damaged by the arrival of Willian. For £22 million, buying another option for a position where we are full of talent doesn’t seem the wisest of moves no matter how good we think he is, especially if we already have some excellent prospects and with greater positions probably in need of revitalising, is he needed?
There is also the point of would Willian want to be here when Shakhtar are still in the Champions League? Money and the media would say yes.
Then again, Willian could be an excellent buy. A greater strength in depth has been something we’ve been asking for this season and Willian certainly brings that with his brilliant utility. Also, if you watched him closely when Chelsea played Shakhtar, his work rate is excellent. He works hard for his team and work rate is an astonishingly underrated attribute. Willian also possesses talent in abundance and is definitely one of those players who can pull off the outrageous and make you stand up and cheer. This guy has certainly got the talent.
His stats read quite well too, 4 goals and 2 assists in his Champions League campaign certainly show he can pull it off at the top level.
Overall, I do hope we sign Willian as I think he is a player who adds quality depth to our team and certainly increases competition for places. I think he would be pretty costly as you’re looking at over £20 million at least for the 24 year old attacker. I would prefer that we prioritised a central midfielder but I certainly am in favour of signing Willian.
But if we don’t get him, let’s just hope he doesn’t go to Spurs.
How do you feel about Willian? Do we need him or should money be invested elsewhere? Let us know below!