Chelsea hijack Willian’s move to Tottenham: How will he fit into Jose’s plans?
Chelsea are preparing to welcome their fourth signing under Jose Mourinho this season. Yes! This time its Willian.
Willian Borges da Silva, the Brazilian attacking mid-fielder, who previously played for Russian side Anzi Makhachkala has been bought by Chelsea for a fee rumoured to be around £35 million.
Chelsea can now boast as the team with best midfielder line-up in EPL. Mata, Hazard, Moses, Oscar, Lampard, Essein, Mikel, Ramires were a part of last season’s squad and now they are joined by Shurrle, Van Ginkel and Willian.
Willian was approached by AVB when he was managing Chelsea two years ago. It was the Brazilian’s wish to play in England and he publicly expressed this whilst playing for Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk. Eventually he was sold to Anzi for a transfer fee of £35 million on 31st January 2013, the last day of Winter transfer window.
But Anzi’s board transfer listed the entire team for some financial purpose this summer. Taking advantage of the situation Liverpool and Tottenham entered the scene to sign the promising star. Days passed and Willian almost signed for Spurs, but it was Chelsea who talked with Anzi’s owner and signed Willian for a fee equal to that offered by their London rivals.
Now this incident will increase the rift between the two clubs, both the clubs being involved in similar events previously.
The big question is – How will Willian fit into a team that is already so rich in quality midfielders ?
Jose Mourinho is known for his shrewdness. He played without a striker at Old Trafford yesterday and still managed a draw against Manchester United. No one can predict what he thinks or what goes on inside his head. But someone will have to leave the squad to maintain the balance. So the guess is that, either Ba or Moses will leave the club for good.
If Willian has to start regularly then he will face severe competition from JuanMata. But press sources are saying that clubs 2012/13 player of the season may be used as a make-weight in a deal involving Wayne Rooney, or may be sent on a loan to Atletico Madrid.
So if Mata leaves then Willian has the opportunity to shine in England and make a name for himself. But if Mata doesn’t, then it will be curious to see how The Special One will make justice to all his players and also the club.