When Jose Mourinho signed Pedro from Barcelona for big bucks in the summer we wondered what this meant for Brazilian wide man Willian.
For our money he was under appreciated in the squad anyway and the capture of Pedro seem to spell the end of regular first team football for the flyer.
Pedro is a highly skilful player with great technique and every top squad could use him.
But we would take Willian any day of the week.
He may not have quite the finesse of Pedro but he’s a far better athlete.
He is rugged, powerful and pacy. And he’s a team player.
Pedro too is a team man but is more lightweight and not necessarily the sort to turn to when backs are against the wall.
But even if Willian isn’t pulling the strings he always puts in a remarkable shift of running, tackling and getting up and down that wing.
The icing on the cake this week was the sublime free kick which ultimately won the game for Chelsea.
At this point Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho surely must be in no doubt that Willian is not just good enough to start every game but that he is precisely the sort of hard-working player that Chelsea currently need in order to get out of this rut.
When confidence is low and form absent, you can at least guarantee that a player like Willian will bleed for the shirt.
When you add his pace, attacking verve and shooting ability then Willian is surely Jose’s go-to guy for the coming months.
Chelsea fans: Is Willian now undroppable?