Chelsea are faced with a problem at the moment and it is a problem they don't want to face. That problem is Willian. The reason he is a problem to them is because it is questionable as to whether he is up to the level they need in their squad.
I know a lot of people will disagree with this statement as he was in the title winning side for Chelsea last season and is one of the hardest working attacking midfielders playing the game today. He has a fantastic engine on him and will run until the end of the game while always making sure he is joining attacks as well as doing his defensive duty.
Why is he a weak link? Well the key word is 'attacking'. He is an attacking midfielder and yet last season he only managed two goals and three assists for the Blues while featuring in 36 games. That is not a good enough return for an attacking winger of a top team. In fact, it is not a good enough return for an attacking winger in any team.
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So why do Chelsea stick with him? Well, as I previously mentioned it is for his defensive capabilities and his work rate. He also does have a lot of quality and is no way a bad player. However, it is obvious to see there is no end product and so it becomes a risk to continue playing him in the attack force.
Chelsea have to decide whether they can improve him, or whether he can improve himself. He did get his first assist in the first game of the season so maybe he is on the right path, but a lot of his performances are similar.
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He contributes with some great touches, he often chases and closes the ball down well and shows bursts of lightning pace to get the crowd off their feet, but it all comes to nothing and unfortunately the end product is the most important thing.
Due to his defending, Chelsea would be tasked with finding a player who could defend as well as him but also add their own goals. Alexis Sanchez is a good example of someone who does all the dirty work along with the added touch of quality.
There are others too. Marco Reus, Antoinne Griezman, Mario Gotze and Pedro are players who may be available but Sanchez is the perfect example of what Mourinho would want even if a move would be incredibly unlikely.
Hazard dragged Chelsea to the title last season, imagine what they could do with a Hazard on the other side. Willian's work rate no doubt helps Hazard flourish but there is also no doubt that Sanchez wouldn't be a marked improvement on the other side.
Most teams this summer have strengthened somewhere. When you go through Chelsea's team, you can see that Willian is probably the first who can be improved, as he is one of the few that would get no where near the Premier League top 11.
The problem really is that they just need Willian to improve his contribution in front of goal, as we know he has the quality everywhere else. If he doesn't do that soon, they need to upgrade him with out compromising their defence.
It seems Mourinho will always favour defence but they should be trying to stay in touch with the teams around them and particularly those in Europe. With the transfer window closing soon, it is time for Chelsea to make a decision.