Whereas many supporters suppose the Brazilian is good, others want to see him make method for youthful expertise.
The division among the many Stamford Bridge devoted is shocking when one considers that the £30 million signing from Anzhi Makhachkala has at all times been so extremely rated by each single Blues boss he has performed underneath.
Jose Mourinho completely adored him, Antonio Conte could not do with out him and Maurizio Sarri has now began him for the previous 11 video games, having turn into an more and more integral and influential part within the new supervisor’s system.
He has additionally proven himself to be a dependable and calm character in instances of disaster, having been one of many few gamers to refuse to down instruments through the disastrous 2015-16 season which ended with Chelsea in 10th place.
Willian was additionally one among Conte’s finest gamers on the finish of final season, even outperforming Eden Hazard for a interval, and this despite the truth that the Brazil worldwide had a poor relationship with the previous Juventus coach.
Nonetheless, therein lies a part of the issue: Chelsea followers stay divided on the collapse of Conte and Willian’s relationship, which led to the dropped winger posting trophy emojis over the supervisor’s face in an Instagram publish.
Willian claimed that his daughter had been guilty, saying that she had obtained maintain of his cellphone and edited out the Italian coach. Nonetheless, that rationalization didn’t wash with many Chelsea followers.
Some supporters have additionally grown more and more pissed off with Willian’s perceived inconsistency. As he confirmed in opposition to Barcelona within the Champions League final season, it is a participant able to excelling in opposition to the most effective groups in world soccer, but he has additionally gone via a lot of fallow intervals.
It nonetheless ought to come as no shock that Barcelona wished to signal him for £55 million through the summer time, having seen simply what he may do first hand throughout a stellar exhibiting at Stamford Bridge within the first leg of the 2 golf equipment’ last-16 tie, however the Blaugrana in the end ended up signing the youthful and cheaper Malcom from Bordeaux.
Nonetheless, there isn’t a doubt Willian, and David Luiz, would have left Chelsea had Conte stayed in cost. Certainly, it’s possible that Willian would have been reunited with Mourinho at Manchester United had Sarri not been put in as his compatriot’s successor.
Consequently, Hazard is benefiting much more from Willian’s willingness to graft, with the Belgian having been unburdened by nearly all of his defensive obligations this season. In that sense, Willian’s work is appreciated as a lot by his team-mates as by his managers.
Consequently, Willian, who has 18 months left on his present contract, is hoping to increase his keep in west London, even when some Chelsea supporters stay reluctant to completely embrace him.
“Lots of people, they are saying a number of issues, however I by no means stated that I wished to go away Chelsea, by no means. I at all times say that I wish to keep at Chelsea so long as doable and I’m joyful to remain right here,” he just lately revealed.
“After I arrived right here my plan was to remain right here so long as doable and now I’m right here for 5 years I hope to remain 5 extra.
“I do know I’ve two years of contract left however I hope to remain extra years within the Premier League.”
Chelsea followers are, unsurprisingly, extra preoccupied with Hazard extending a contract which expires in 2020 however, if Willian does likewise, it ought to give him enough time to make sure that he’ll have gained over each single supporter by the point he ultimately leaves the Bridge.