Paul Merson: This has been Chelsea’s best player by miles

Paul Merson has been impressed by what he has seen from Willian at Chelsea this season

Paul Merson has singled out Willian for special praise, describing the Brazilian as Chelsea’s best player by a long distance this season.

With many of his colleagues struggling to produce consistent performances, Willian has been a regular fixture in the Blues’ first team, scoring seven goals in all competition for the west London club.

Jose Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager on Thursday afternoon following the Blues’ poor run of form, which has left them in 16th place in the Premier League and just a point above the relegation zone.

Merson has been critical of the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, but the former Arsenal star feels that Willian deserves credit for continuing to perform in a struggling team.

Meron told Sky Sports: “He has been their best player by a million miles.

“I think he’d be getting in any Premier League team this season; he’s got on the ball, tried to make things happen and his attitude has been great.

“When the rest of the class are throwing chewing gum around and messing about, he’s got his head down doing the work.”

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With the Blues yet to appoint a new manager, Chelsea are set to return to Premier League action with a home game against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

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