When Chelsea splashed out a whopping £32million on Brazil international Willian this summer, many baulked at the surprisingly lavish fee. Having taken a medical at White Hart Lane just a matter of hours before officially joining the Blues ranks, some even speculated that Jose Mourinho had acquired the 25 year-old simply to leave a foul taste in the mouth of former Tottenham gaffer Andre Villas-Boas, the Special One’s former protégé turned dugout rival.
But in homage to his Man of the Match display against Sunderland in this afternoon’s late Premier League kick-off, a match which surprisingly finished 2-1 to the Black Cats, we at Football Fancast have come up with Three Reasons Willian is deserving of such a lofty price-tag, as demonstrated throughout the ninety minutes.
The Blues started the match thick and fast, and their pressure told in the twelfth minute when Samuel Eto’o connected with a vicious delivery from a corner, courtesy of Willian.
— muhammad aliff (@aliffazz) April 19, 2014
That is the best corner a Chelsea player has ever taken. Well done Willian. Get in Sammy. Build on that. Can we thrash them please?
— CLBrosnan93 (@CLBrosnan93) April 19, 2014
The Brazilian was unlucky not to add to his assist tally for the afternoon after setting-up Demba Ba for a point-blank opportunity at goal.
Amazing ball from Willian, Ba just couldn’t make the most of it to be the Chelsea hero for the third time in a row. #CFC
— Chelsea Pakistan (@ChelseaPakistan) April 19, 2014
65′ Willian breaks free on the right, cuts back beautifully for Ba who mis-cues his shot
— Barida Sammy (@BaridaSammy) April 19, 2014
Bursting with pace, power and creativity, Willian was by far Chelsea’s best player going forward against the Wearside visitors. The 25 year-old winger amassed an outrageous nine key passes throughout the match according to whoscored.com – easy the most from either side – in addition to two dribbles, whilst also donning a pass completion rate of 90%.
— Michael (@Michaelhardy5) April 19, 2014
Even when Chelsea began to struggle against the Black Cats, Willian remained their most potent attacking threat.
Only real attacking threat is Willian at the moment #CFC
— David (@CFCsocial) April 19, 2014
Poignantly symbolic of the Jose Mourinho mentality, for an attacking midfielder, Willian’s work-rate and defensive contribution is simply incredible. The 25 year-old made five tackles this afternoon, the most of anybody involved in the match, and two more than Sunderland’s tackling machine Lee Cattermole.
Don’t know if I’ve ever seen an attacking player as good defensively as Willian.
— R.P. (@RogsTheLegend) April 19, 2014
Willian’s work rate is absolutely unreal,such a hard worker,tracks back and attack forward,fantastic player!
— Rahat (@RahatRK7) April 19, 2014
The combination of these three characteristics made Willian the unanimous choice for Man of the Match, as highlighted by these avid Twitter users:
Willian has been amazing today, as usual. He’s the dynamo of the squad right now. Involved in most plays, with a very high work rate.
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) April 19, 2014
— James Hunter (@JHunterChron) April 19, 2014