Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins has raised eyebrows with his selection for a Blues Team of the Decade, picking Brazilian winger Willian to play in midfield alongside Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele.
In a move that’s sure to attract strong criticism from Chelsea fans and bemusement from virtually all other football supporters, Wilkins selected Willian, who has had an up-and-down two years at Stamford Bridge, ahead of a host of recognised stars including the likes of Michael Ballack and Francesc Fabregas.
As relayed by Sky Sports on Twitter the 58-year-old chose a usual enough defensive six, with Petr Cech obviously taking the number one spot behind a back four of Ashley Cole, John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho and Branislav Ivanovic and Claude Makelele occupying the defensive-midfield role ahead of Nemanja Matic.
It’s moving forward where his choices begin to blur between interesting and downright strange. Frank Lampard’s inclusion is a must given his years of service, but to have Willian occupying the position alongside him is a move very few would push for.
A front three of Arjen Robben, Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba virtually picks itself, with only the former perhaps having to answer some questions - Robben was never truly at his scintillating best at Stamford Bridge.
Given the array of stars who have featured for the club over the past ten years, particularly in and around the attacking-midfield position there’s sure to be heavy discussion over almost every position, but Wilkins’ choice is sure to draw and inevitable backlash.
Willian’s no mere stooge, that’s for sure, but does he really warrant a starting place in the greatest Chelsea XI of the last decade?
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