Antonio Conte Cannot Let Him Go – Why Chelsea Should Avoid Selling Willian
Antonio Conte’s arrival at Stamford Bridge has certainly seen one player’s first-team chances come down drastically, and that’s none other than the Blues’ Brazilian midfielder Willian’s. The 29-year-old has made 13 appearances in the Premier League so far this season but has only started in only 6 of those games.
Willian’s last start came in the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace last month where he lasted 65 minutes on the pitch before being substituted. This obviously isn’t a good sign for the Brazilian who is now being linked with an exit from the club. Willian’s goal against Liverpool at Anfield last week saw the Blues go home with one point as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
It is understood that Chelsea are open to selling the midfielder by the end of the season as they look to further strengthen their squad. Willian’s contract with Chelsea will expire in 2020 and is yet to be offered a new contract by the Blues.
If the reports are true, the Italian manager will make a huge mistake by selling the player. Having moved to Stamford Bridge back in 2013, Willian is one of the most experienced players in the Chelsea squad and has over 200 appearances for the London club.
The Blues will risk losing a player of immense quality as he offers a whole package of qualities like pace, work-rate, skill and is also tactically intelligent. The Brazilian, who earns £110,000-a-week also puts in a good defensive shift and is great at set pieces. It’s really hard to see why Conte wants to let go of the player with all that he can offer to the club.
Not only does he have all these qualities but can also play anywhere across the midfield. He is incredibly versatile and will have no problem finding a new club. Clubs like Manchester United will be waiting for an opportunity to pounce on a player like Willian and Chelsea might once again have to let one of their best midfielders join the Old Trafford side, just like Nemanja Matic.
Even former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater believes that Willian still has a huge role to play at Stamford Bridge.
“I see him as a player who is a huge part of Chelsea. Willian impacts games, he’s got that pace, he asks those questions,” the former Manchester City striker said.
Willian is just 29 years of age and is at the peak of his career. He can still offer a few more years of best quality football for any club he plays for. Antonio Conte should certainly give it another thought before letting another important player leave the club.