Chelsea continue to search for new players to provide cover for their wing-backs, but current squad member Willian should be seen as an option.
There is currently a lot of talk regarding Chelsea and their search for a player to compete with Victor Moses for the right wing-back spot in the Blues’ starting eleven, with Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto the latest man to be linked by Don Balon. Chelsea are also rumoured to be readying a bid for Arsenal’s 23-year old England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this week.
However, I believe that we already have a player ready to challenge Moses for his place in the starting eleven in the shape of Brazilian high-flyer, Willian. The 28-year old was mainly used as a substitute by Antonio Conte last season, but the year before he was the club’s player of the season. I believe he has far too much talent to sit on the bench.
Conte is reportedly considering switching to a 3-5-2 formation, which would suit Willian even more. A switch to 3-5-2 would see Chelsea drop wingers, meaning Willian would ordinarily experience even less game time, however the absence of wide attacking men would demand more from our wing-backs offensively. Willian has the pace, the skill, the work rate and the ability to be a huge asset in that position.
Why spend another £40m on a player to compete with Moses, when we already have a player who can easily fit that role, and who has been lacking game time?
Willian’s defensive credentials are also relatively good for a player who is seen to be a forward. He will track back, can be good at ball winning as he offers strength and determination, and you’d be hard fetched to find an opposing winger who will beat the Brazilian for pace down the flanks.
With some coaching from Conte as to how he wants him to play, just like he did with Victor Moses himself, I believe Willian can be just as good a right wing back as any of the current crop available to buy.