Willian used to loved among Chelsea fans but for the past few weeks now, he has received a lot of anger.
Willian’s constant running and quality from set pieces were his calling cards.
But ever since reports appeared linking him with a move to Manchester United or Barcelona, he’s looked uninterested.
Willian’s dead-ball delivery has been much poorer this season and his trademark closing down isn’t as evident.
On the other hand, when Pedro has come on recently, he has been a difference maker.
The Spaniard got a goal and an assist in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace and more recently, got a goal in their 2-0 win over Fulham.
Pedro looks much more threatening with the ball and seems to suit Maurizio Sarri’s intricate style of play.
So why does Willian start ahead of Pedro even though he looks woefully out of form?
Against teams that have more of the ball than Chelsea, starting a more athletic Willian may be a good idea.
But against teams that sit back and with Sarri’s desire to dominate the ball, Pedro would a better option.
In his current form, many Chelsea fans would prefer to see Callum Hudson-Odoi start ahead of Willian.