Willian ready to shine at Chelsea

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Chelsea fans are understandably expecting plenty this season, after manager Jose Mourinho spent big during the summer transfer window.

And, whilst things haven't gone exactly according to plan in the opening months of the campaign, the Blues appear to have turned a corner following some solid results domestically and in Europe.

The upturn in fortunes has coincided with Willian's own personal return to fitness, with the Brazilian international featuring in a couple of Cup matches before his introduction off the bench against Norwich yesterday.

His second-half impact was immediate, helping create Eden Hazard's second goal before finishing the scoring with a sublime effort from the edge of the area.

"I am very happy to have made my Premier League debut this way," Willian told Globo Esporte after the match.

"I did well off the bench, doing what Mourinho asked me to do. I managed to start the move that led to the second goal and then I scored the third goal. It was very exciting and I am not only happy for the goal, but also for the win - which was important for our team."

The former Shakhtar Donetsk arrived at Stamford Bridge with a big reputation, with more expected of the 25-year-old than the likes of Marco Van Ginkel and Christian Atsu.

And, his injury problems have hampered the potential progress he could make in west London. However, with full fitness around the corner, the player can expect to see more minutes in the coming weeks and months.

"I am slowly recovering my best form, gaining match fitness. I will try to do my best whenever I have the opportunity to play. I intend to grow with each match," he added.

Throughout his career, Willian's goal record has never been particularly special. That's not his key attribute, and it's his play in helping to assist Hazard's goal which should be of greater significance.

The Blues do not have a better option out wide in attack in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the former Anzhi star much more suited to life out wide than some of his teammates. Indeed, the prospect of Willian on one flank and Hazard on the other is one to set pulses racing on the King's Road.

And, given Chelsea's strikers' inability to find the back of the net thus far this season, his creativity could come in handy for Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba.

Mourinho already knows plenty about Willian - that's why he spent over £30million to bring him to England. Now, with his fitness set to peak, his time to shine could come following the international break.

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