I rarely have the audacity to question Jose Mourinho's judgement, let alone the nerve to voice an opinion that brands him as completely wrong.
When the Special One hijacked Tottenham's deal for Willian with all the subtlety of a charging rhino, many Chelsea fans celebrated a victory over the nearby rivals. Tottenham had every right to be forlorn about missing out on their man; by all accounts he's an exceptional talent.
But are Chelsea right to be celebrating his £30million acquisition? This is where I turn sceptical.
The current Chelsea first-team is quite literally over-flowing with attacking talent. As many as nine players are- none of whom would struggle for first-team football outside the top four- are now vying for places at Stamford Bridge, and in my opinion that's two too many.
For me, Willian was either simply Mourinho's way of weakening Spurs and delivering a physiological hit to Andre Villas-Boas, or it was an attempt to ensure that Chelsea would never be short on creative talent, no matter how many injuries they suffer.
The 25-year-old, talented as he is, doesn't add anything to Mourinho's starting XI that he doesn't already have, nor does it provide necessary cover to a position that looks bereft of it.
Willian will be extremely lucky to force his way into the starting fold when the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata, Frank Lampard and Kevin de Bruyne remain in front of him. And that's not even bringing Marco van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle into the fold.
If the Brazilian manages to earn himself an extended run in the first team then I will happily eat my words. But if this is the case then why was he not signed instead of some of his aforementioned positional competitors rather than alongside them?
I am willing to concede that Mourinho must have bought him for a reason, and that even Roman Abramovich isn't so careless with his money as to suggest he would happily throw £30million away simply to stop Spurs from buying someone they wanted.
But the former Shakhtar man has entered the Chelsea camp at a time when their creative flair and attacking talent is at it's absolute pinnacle, and subsequently I expect his game-time to be limited.
Mourinho is playing a dangerous card in having so many top talents all fighting for spaces that don't exist. The over-zealous spending and mass recruitment will undoubtedly pay dividends when the fixtures begin to come thick and fast, but as for the majority of the season there's a risk of player's becoming disgruntled by lack of playing time and limited time in which to showcase their obvious qualities, do the pros really outweigh the cons?
For me, the answer is no.
Willian isn't so good as to suggest that he will bustle those already in the squad out the way, and at £30million it's hard to see him as a suitable candidate for being detailed for bench-warming duty all season.
So is Willian a useful addition to Chelsea's squad? Or is he an expensive extravagance that will prove to be ultimately not needed?
I would veer toward the latter.
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