As we all know how Chelsea dramatically pulled off an unexpected deal for Willian by trolling Tottenham. Many fans have failed to understand why we actually made a shock move for him so here I’ll explain a bit on what Willian will add quality to the Squad.
Willian is a Quality player, capable of moments of genuine quality leading to stunning goals and assists. He is a potent crosser with excellent pace and has the ability to break down defenders off the Dribble. He will drift inward, looking to create chances by delivering clean through balls. With the likes of Hazard, Schurrle , Mata, Oscar and Kevin De Bruyne in our midfield, we can expect to see plenty of interchanging and overlapping in the attack.He can also play in the wider positions by shifting flanks with the Wingers. Mourinho loves his style of play and his desire to win matches. He can also be used as an impact sub.
I know that stats aren’t everything but i just wanted to list it out –
He made 52 appearances in this season for Shakthar, scoring 8 goals. He appeared in all but one league match, scoring 5 goals.
He ended the season with 7 goals in 39 appearances, including 22 appearances and 5 goals in the league. He helped Shakhtar to victory in the Ukrainian League.
He ended the season with 8 goals from 43 appearances, including 23 league appearances and 3 league goals.
He finished the season with 6 goals, 5 in the league, from 37 appearances, 27 of which came in the league. Shakhtar secured the League tittle for the third year in a row.
Willian is very versatile, can play as a CAM/RW/LW,Although he is better off playing behind the ST. He can exchange flanks with hazard/Schurrle (RW/LW). He can also play behind the ST by occupying the number 10 role (CAM).
4. SQUAD DEPTH
Due to the Addition of willian, we have immense Squad depth. We have the Balance in the squad.In General, we have two players per position, with three strikers and an extra midfield player. Every position is covered and Thanks to Willian’s versatility we can use him anywhere in the 3 positions behind the ST (4-2-3-1).
5. Quotes from different pundits on Willian
“Willian is a creative player and for his qualities, I think he needs a bit of time to express himself. He is very creative, fast and dynamic and can play in all three positions behind the striker”-Jose Mourinho
“Willian is very skilled indeed. There’s a lot of talent there, he did very well for Shakhtar.I think he’s an excellent player who deserves his step up.” –Tim Vickery
“He is quick, deceptively powerful and intelligent in his use of the ball. If there is one criticism of him it is that he doesn’t score as many goals as he probably should, though it should be borne in mind that he has always been a creator rather than a finisher.” -Jonathan Wilson(Talksport)
“I really, really like him. He’s very versatile, can play in different positions, he’s a very creative player and an excellent professional.”- Former Anzhi coach Rene Meulensteen.
To sum it up, Willian is a expressive player from whom we can benefit a lot. He can also be used as an impact sub or can be put under squad rotation. His versatility gives us a big advantage. Mourinho loves Willian’s style of play and is confident of making him a success at Cobham.