Friday saw Chelsea call a press conference aimed at discussing the upcoming clash with Manchester United. But, as is often the case during the transfer period, the questions were almost exclusively about the latest addition to the Chelsea ranks.
After a bit of Roman Abramovich influence, Anzhi Makhachkala have reportedly accepted an offer for Willian Borges da Silva and the player has agreed to a contract pending successful completion of a medical.
The club look set to sign Willian in the coming days after a spectacular coup that saw the club snatch the Brazilian attacker from city rival Tottenham’s clutches. The Chelsea faithful know all too well the attacking threat Willian possesses after seeing the player score a brace at Stamford Bridge last season and will no doubt be hoping to see some similarly scintillating performances.
The player should find the move to London comfortable with Chelsea already having a good chunk of the Brazilian national team in the squad and plenty of Portuguese speaking staff.
Willian will no doubt see this as the perfect way to get himself into the Brazil team due to Scolari always keeping an eye on Chelsea due to the likes of Luiz and Oscar and former managerial post with the club.
The move will undoubtedly mean that one of the attacking players will have to leave Chelsea this summer but Mourinho confirmed today that it will only be on a loan basis as a opposed to a player being sold (so you can breath again Mata fans), the likely candidate will be Victor Moses.
The Nigerian international impressed on the pre season tour and so it won’t be hard to find a suitable club for him.West Brom and Everton are hotly tipped as the main contenders for his services and both could obviously benefit from the player.
So what can we expect from Willian if the move is completed? He is a fast and tricky number 10/winger and so he should complement Oscar and Mata’s clever passes and slick movements.
Due to his goals against Chelsea in last season’s Champions League the Chelsea fans could be forgiven for thinking he is a goal machine but that is not exactly the case. He knows where the goal is but Willian’s main abilities lie with creating chances for his team mates.
This therefore will take some of the burden away from players like Hazard and will allow them to score more goals. Ozil played a similar role for Mourinho’s Madrid team, he was generally the provider and Ronaldo and Di Maria played virtually as extra strikers. After Mourinho’s comments about using Mata as an right wing inside forward this looks like a strong possibility.
In short Willian offers a similar skill set to the players already available but with a different way of impacting matches. Plenty of people are already calling the deal pointless or a waste of talent but It is pretty illogical to judge a player before he has even kicked a ball.
Obviously stealing Spurs' main transfer targets is an added bonus but due to the players selfless style of play, Willian looks set to become a vital cog in the Chelsea attack. He has started the Russian season in good form getting three assists in four games and receiving an average match rating of 7.93.
Chelsea fans can be happy in the knowledge they have acquired a great talent, at 25 he has plenty of experience playing at the top level in Europe but also with his best years ahead of him.
With the extra incentive of potentially pushing his way into the Brazil squad for next summer's World Cup, in his home country, this season could see Willian take the Premier League by storm and make Tottenham sorely regret not tieing the deal up a bit quicker.
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