Tottenham dodged a bullet in not signing Willian

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Chelsea beat off competition from Tottenham to sign Willian for £30million at the end of August - but was the Brazilian playmaker worth the hassle?

Willian reportedly signed a contract to join the north London outfit but changed his mind at the last minute in order to join Jose Mourinho's Chelsea rather than Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham. 

The 25-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge with a big reputation as he had impressed for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on many occasions before sealing a move to Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala. 

Willian, who has made four appearances for the Brazilian national team, has so far been unable to replicate his previous form for Chelsea. 

The Brazilian playmaker, who is capable of playing in any of the three positions behind the main striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation, has struggled to settle into life at Stamford Bridge.

In fact, he has only had one memorable moment in a Chelsea shirt and that was when he scored a curling effort against Premier League strugglers Norwich City at the beginning of October. 

He has since featured in six of Chelsea's last seven games without really having much of an impact on the Blues' results. 

Willian has not claimed a league assist this season - despite the fact that he is in the team to both score and create goals.

His statistics are nothing short of poor when compared to Chelsea teammates Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, who have contributed a combined total of nine league goals between them. 

It is still early days, so Willian has time to make up for his below par performances, but it seems like he may have to do most of his damage from the substitutes' bench as Oscar, Hazard, Mata and Andre Schurrle are all above the Brazilian in Chelsea's pecking order. 

At the moment it looks like Tottenham should be thankful that Willian decided to go against his word as he has so far failed to adapt to the hustle and bustle of the Premier League. 

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