Date: 15th September 2013 at 6:44pm
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With a wealth of attacking talent at disposal already, one would think Chelsea are insane to pop up out of nowhere for another playmaker and steal the march on him from their arch rivals. Some would even come up with absurdly, mythical claims such as Chelsea didn’t really ‘need’ Willian, and that the only reason they went after him is because they wanted to prevent Andre Villas-Boas from constructing a squad to challenge them in the Premier League this season. Sounds convincing; for Mr. Levy anyway. However, more stable people would simply suggest this signing makes no sense, whatsoever, and that it’s a sheer waste of money if anything. When all is said and done, it’d be appropriate to reflect on what Willian actually brings to the team, rather than futilely counting the numbers available in that position.

Willian offers something different to what we already have at Chelsea. He has played in the hole and as a CF, but where he really spent most of the time of his career is on the flanks. He is not your traditional playmaker. While he likes to roam on the pitch and move into a central position in a free-role, he tends to spend more time drifting into wide areas and stretching the opposition’s defence. Besides, his hold-up play is quite remarkable, and he does an incredible job in bringing others into play. He is comfortable operating in tight spaces, which is something very crucial to have, especially when you are up against an aggressive team that will just constantly shrug your players off the ball.

His movement off the ball is something to cherish, as he is always looking to run in behind the defenders when he doesn’t have the ball, providing an effective outlet to his team-mates around with his explosive pace. Furthermore, he adds more flair to the team with his direct running and dribbling. He also likes to take on defenders and he is usually someone who makes things happen. The way he drifts inside is reminiscent of Eden Hazard – Hold the ball in wide areas, mesmerise your opponent with some tekkers, and cut inside hugging the by-line. This usually ends up creating a genuine goal-scoring chance due to the defence being stretched out, and if the player manages to cross the ball with precision, it gets to someone on a plate to tap it in, or even knocks off the opposition’s defenders due to the box being overloaded with numbers, consequently ending up in the back of the net.

Moreover, Willian can also be a huge asset on the break with his blistering pace that leaves defenders chasing shadows. Keeping all that aside, one of the main reasons Jose Mourinho went for him is because of his tactical side of the game. He is tactically astute, a player who gives it all for the team. Also, he is a massive asset for a team that wants to pressurize the opponent and win the ball high up the pitch. He learnt this trait under his former coach Mircea Lucescu when he was at Shakhtar. Willian also has good awareness as to how to control spaces and cut the passing lanes. He does a rather incredible job at defending from the front, and doesn’t let his man breathe with his constant chasing and closing down. His defensive work is admirable, and his discipline could make a huge difference in the Champions League.

Conclusively, it’s never bad to have someone who loves the club. He has admitted being a Chelsea fan for a long time, and that he only wanted to move to Chelsea, so his passion for the shirt and his commitment to the team would be unquestionable under normal circumstances. Also, how can you possibly not like someone who just took a cheeky jibe at Tottenham?

“I always wanted to go to Chelsea. Chelsea presented an offer and it was always my dream to go there. Chelsea is a better club than Tottenham in every aspect.”

On a more serious note, Willian offers something different to what we already have at Chelsea. He is a smart signing that’d not only add quality depth to the squad, but also provide a different kind of skill set along with versatility that may come handy against certain oppositions.

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20 responses to “Willian – Style of play, tactical aspect, versatility, passion for the shirt… and his hate for Tottenham”

  1. Paulmonagle says:

    Loves the club ? Are u for real , Chelsea just gave him more money than anyone else

  2. Dave says:

    Very good player wasn’t even in the squad that played Everton Chelsea are welcome to him

  3. ParkLane says:

    “I always wanted to go to Chelsea. (Because they pay well). Chelsea presented an offer (most cash) and it was always my dream to go there (that’s what I’m telling everyone that is). Chelsea is a better club than Tottenham (Chelsea owner spends £b’s on players and wages, Spurs spend their own money) in every aspect.” (Mainly remuneration).

  4. Bongo says:

    Spurs fan here.

    I’m not sure we actually need him now. Obviously gutted you nicked him at the last minute from us and JM’s comments made me laugh. It is great to have him back in the Prem.

    As for Will I Am, he has to say things to get your fans on side. I think he went to you more for the pay cheque than playing time. No doubting his ability, more his commitment to the cause.

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  5. lieutenant lamb says:

    lol willian has hate! of Tottenham Hotspur fc says shedender boys lol smurf! clean mata’s boots then warm that bench bloated wind bag chelski headhunters lol numpty mugs!

  6. Ali says:

    The facts are Willan has made 44 assists and scored 25 goals in his entire career playing in inferior leagues! Overhyped and overpriced.

  7. steve says:

    he played well on Saturday oops did not play did he prick

  8. Yid says:

    You will not find be able to trace that line ‘Chelsea is a better club than spurs in every respect’ back to anywhere other than the daily mirror, written and made up by a known gooner called John. Going to enjoy finishing above this over hyped little shitbag, he slagged chelsea off when he was goin to move last time so yeah good luck with him.

  9. Gary Fox says:

    He hated Spurs so much he had already given us his passport to sort out the work permit. Then Chelsea offered him more money. Of course he loves you more! He is a decent player but maybe a bit over-hyped based on a couple of good games against you three years ago. He is so good in fact that he wasnt in your squad yesterday.

  10. Pat says:

    I am a Spurs fan.
    Brain dead football fans discussing some uneducated overpaid guy. This guy from some shanty town will go after every penny he can get. The whole argument about he loves some specific club or hates another is utter rubbish. This is a pointless article.