Do Chelsea really need Willian?

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On August 25, Chelsea announced the signing of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala, subject to a work permit hearing on Wednesday.

The fee for the attacking midfielder is around £30m and he will probably be revealed as a Chelsea player on Thursday.

His transfer to Stamford Bridge is quite a shock. First, he was interested in joining Liverpool. Then Tottenham agreed a fee with Anzhi and Willian even passed his medical at White Hart Lane before finally signing for Chelsea.

With all the talent that Jose Mourinho has at Chelsea, it's hard to see where the Brazilian will fit. 

Willian can play as an attacking midfielder and as a left winger.

In these positions the Blues have Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and André Schürrle. They also have Victor Moses, but he is mainly used as a right winger.

Lets not forget that the World Cup in Brazil is just around the corner and everyone will want to play as much as possible.

It is clear that Mourinho wants two very good players in every position, but I do not think Willian was needed.

The Brazilian has Mata's creativity, Hazard's speed and the typical Brazilian flair. There is only one thing he is missing- goals. However, Mata and Hazard provide that and Schürrle should also score around 15 goals this season.

Kevin de Bruyne is also starting to show his qualities for Chelsea after an impressive loan spell at Werder Bremen. Oscar is beginning to show his full potential and it will be hard for Willian to earn a place in Mourinho's starting XI.

Fans at Stamford Bridge will be watching Willian to see how he fits at Chelsea.

For me he is a great player, but his place is not with Jose Mourinho's men.

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