Antonio Conte told Chelsea star deserves more game time

Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins tells Antonio Conte he must play Willian

By Dan Betts
Chelsea star Willian Photo: Sure

Antonio Conte need to give Willian more chances to shine in the Chelsea team, according to Ray Wilkins.

Former England stalwart Wilkins is a massive admirer of the Brazilian player and believes that the attacking midfielder could bolster Chelsea’s title challenge.

Willian was an integral part of the title-winning Chelsea side last season but this campaign has seen less game time and spent more time on the bench.

The South American playmaker has made just seven starts in this Premier League season, with seven appearances coming from the substitutes bench.

Compare this to last season’s triumphant side when Willian made 34 appearances and bagged eight goals.

Wilkins credited the Brazilian for getting Chelsea over the line last year and the retired midfielder insisted thatConte must start playing Willian more.

Wilkins told SportingBet:

“I’m an enormous fan of Willian. He dragged that Chelsea team over the finish line a couple of seasons ago.

“He’s a wonderful player. Against Qarabag he was absolutely outstanding. His goal was a fluke, no doubt about it, but he’s got another point for the club.

“He should be playing more but it’s a game of opinions, and the only one that matters is the manager.”

Willian has been at Chelsea for nearly five years and has averaged around 30 games a season having made nearly 150 appearances during his Blues career so far.

This season has seen the Brazilian fall out of favour even though the his attitude can’t be faulted.

The winger recently made the difference in the Champions League game against FC Qarabag and his excellent goal against rivals Liverpool salvaged a point in the 1-1 draw between the clubs.

Conte has used him sparingly so far this season, but with the January transfer window opening soon and the World Cup approaching giving more players a reason to want to play more, the Italian may have a problem on his hands should Willian look to force a move.

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