Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Willian scores their second objective from the penalty spot through the English Premier League soccer match in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on December 22, 2019. Adrian DENNIS / AFP
Willian’s efficiency on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium final weekend highlighted simply why Frank Lampard is eager to see the Brazilian’s future at Chelsea resolved.
While a lot of the main target this season has been educated on the excellent contribution of the kids in Blues supervisor Lampard’s squad, Willian’s performances on the correct of a entrance three have been persistently glorious.
The winger appeared to have misplaced his approach in latest seasons, notably final time period when he struggled for consistency below Maurizio Sarri and appeared at risk of leaving the London membership.
This marketing campaign has been totally different, although, and Lampard will hope the participant can encourage a return to dwelling kind when Southampton go to Stamford Bridge on Thursday following Chelsea’s spectacular 2-0 defeat of Jose Mourinho’s Spurs.
– Season of transition –
Willian was definitely the stand-out performer in a show Lampard admitted was in all probability his facet’s better of the season after a worrying run of kind that had introduced 4 defeats within the earlier 5 Premier League video games, included dwelling losses to Bournemouth and West Ham.
There had been at all times going to be irritating intervals for Lampard and his gamers in what’s a season of transition for for Chelsea, who’re nonetheless now fourth within the Premier League.
The job of bedding in quite a lot of graduates from the membership’s academy in opposition to the backdrop of the pre-season switch embargo has inevitably introduced challenges.
Willian, although, has maintained impressively excessive ranges, showing rejuvenated below the membership’s new supervisor.
Certainly Lampard seems to have discovered the important thing to drawing the very best out of the 31-year-old whose work on the correct has contributed to striker Tammy Abraham making such a major impression in his breakthrough season at west London membership Chelsea.
Willian’s work ethic had been questioned beforehand, together with his failure to trace again and help his full-back at instances highlighted final season.
This time round, there will be little question about his willingness to place within the onerous yards.
And he has strengthened his hand in his contract negotiations with the membership as he seeks a brand new deal that can hold him at Chelsea past the top of this season.
Willian’s current deal runs out on the finish of the present marketing campaign, together with these of fellow thirty-somethings Pedro and Olivier Giroud.
With Chelsea’s two-window switch ban having been halved, leaving the membership to usher in new recruits subsequent month, Giroud is prone to go away in a bid to search out the common soccer he believes will enhance his possibilities of being a member of hosts France’s squad for Euro 2020.
Pedro has been decreased to a fringe participant and can also be anticipated to maneuver on on the finish of the season.
Willian, although, is a unique matter and whereas Chelsea are notoriously reluctant to supply prolonged offers to gamers over the age of 30, the Brazilian might turn out to be an exception.
For his half, Lampard has made it clear he needs the South American to remain.
And whereas the supervisor has no intention of shifting his coverage of selling younger gamers, he is aware of the worth of expertise.
“He’s a very important member of the club and of course I want it to be done but obviously both sides have to be happy for that,” stated Lampard when requested final month about Willian’s future.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta faces a late health check following a hamstring drawback sustained at Spurs.
Meanwhile, the Saints, flirting with the relegation zone, might be with out Shane Long for the entire of the busy Christmas programme due to a knee harm the striker suffered throughout final week’s win at Aston Villa.