Pat Nevin has raved about Chelsea attacker Willian and feels he could be in store for a brilliant individual season at Stamford Bridge.
The 31-year-old is one of the senior players in the squad at present due to the wave of youngsters flooding through, but he’s been a regular in Frank Lampard’s team so far.
After a slow start to the campaign due to injury, he’s managed to cement his spot in the team and he’s scored twice in his nine games across all competition so far.
The Brazilian winger looks an ever-present in the team so far, with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic fighting it out for the other flank.
Willian has now played 301 first-team games for Chelsea, scoring 54 goals and supplying 54 assists in return.
But the South American has still received plenty of criticism from some fans in recent years and have questioned his end product.
Ex-Blues player Nevin feels that there is more to come from Willian this year and that he has a weight off his shoulders.
“The final joyous recovery is of course Willian who has been sparkling of late. His work load and schedule has been ridiculous for years. He has had very little rest time for quite a few seasons now and I think you could see the wear and tear affecting him,” Nevin wrote for the club’s official website.
“I am not surprised Willian is having a good time. A little less pressure from the national side, more time on the ball now that Eden [Hazard] has gone, a manager who encourages constant attacking play which suits him and now the fans giving him all the backing.
“This could well be a golden season for the 31-year-old in a Chelsea shirt, just as everyone else is talking about the kids.”
Willian undoubtedly gives a tireless work-rate to the Chelsea team when he plays and it’s important to have some experienced heads integrated with the rising stars.
He was brilliant both offensively and defensively in the 4-1 win away to Southampton last weekend, plus he now has the international break to recover his fitness.
There are some still that would prefer not to see Willian start, but his form looks great right now and he is warranting his spot on the right flank.
His best individual goalscoring season in a Blues shirt was the 13 he managed across all competitions in the 2017/18 campaign and he’s now playing in an attack-minded side that are scoring for fun under Lampard.