Willian has been a faithful servant to the Chelsea badge ever since he arrived from Russia in 2013.
Since that season, the now 31-year-old Brazilian has registered a total of 311 games played for the Blues, tallying 55 goals and 56 assists in the process as well.
Needless to say, he spent his prime years at Stamford Bridge and he spent them quite well, winning two Premier League titles and one Europa League crown along the way.
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But with 31 years already on his back and his contract due to run out in the summer of 2020, Willian’s future in Frank Lampard’s squad is very much under a question mark.
Recently, he came out stating that he knows he wants to stay but we’re still waiting for the club to decide what they actually want in this deal and if there is even going to be a deal taking place at all.
One thing is for sure, however, whether Willian ends up leaving or staying – Chelsea will need someone to replace him either way since he is on the wrong side of his 30s already.
Interestingly enough, there is such a player out there who could potentially tick all the boxes and is also young enough so he could be Lampard’s bet for the future and very much a long-term replacement.
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Of course, we are talking about none other than the 22-year-old Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen.
The young winger is among the brightest young talents in the world and his more than just decent figures can easily back that claim up.
In 2019/20, he has unfortunately suffered from a serious muscle injury and as a result, only has 480 minutes of game time under his belt. But even with that, he managed to tally four goals in nine games across all competitions.
Last season, when he was playing more regular football, he averaged 1.9 shots, 1.6 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga but had even better figures in Europe.
Despite his young age, he was able to impose himself in a tough competition with 2.1 shots, 2.1 key passes and two dribbles per game, assisting two goals as well.
But the thing is, he can become so much more and while all of these traits make him a formidable winger at this point already, he’s nowhere near the finished product just yet.
Under Lampard, however, he just might reach for the stars and Chelsea would not go wrong with trying to snatch him up in the near future.
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