Barcelona target Willian has contributed no goals and ONE assist in last 10 Premier League games

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Barcelona have seen a player-plus cash bid worth £50million for Chelsea


Chelsea should not miss their chance to cash in on Willian… the Barcelona target has contributed no goals and just ONE assist in his last 10 Premier League games

  • Barcelona had a player-plus-cash bid worth £50m for Chelsea’s Willian rejected
  • But Chelsea should consider when Willian’s stats for the season are looked into 
  • The Brazilian has no goals and one assist in his last 10 Premier League games 

Kieran Gill for MailOnline

The news that Barcelona offered Chelsea a player-plus-cash deal worth £50million for Willian, and that it was swiftly turned down, left some in football flabbergasted.

So much so that it even prompted one online outlet to publish a feature, entitled: ‘Twenty reasons why Chelsea are absolutely mad to continue rejecting bids for Willian.’

While that is a tad over the top, it is not entirely wrong. Chelsea should be asking Barcelona where to sign, with Malcom the winger they would receive in return.

Barcelona have seen a player-plus-cash bid worth £50million for Chelsea's Willian rejected

Barcelona have seen a player-plus-cash bid worth £50million for Chelsea’s Willian rejected

Malcom is raw, but he is 21 years old. Willian is 30 and someone who has contributed zero goals and one assist in his last 10 Premier League appearances.

Manager Maurizio Sarri used his press conference this week to complain about his side’s lack of goals, with Chelsea the only ‘Big Six’ club yet to score 40-plus.

He also said he wants Willian to stay, though the Brazilian is not the answer to their woes in front of goal. He works hard and runs plenty but rarely delivers an end product.

Willian has impressed over the years and stood out when Barcelona travelled to London

Willian has impressed over the years and stood out when Barcelona travelled to London

Willian has impressed over the years and stood out when Barcelona travelled to London

It was different when Chelsea drew 1-1 with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge last season. Willian stood out that night, striking the woodwork twice in the first half then scoring in the second.

In the return leg, Chelsea lost 3-0 at the Nou Camp but Willian was the away side’s best player again. His strong runs and pace caused the Spaniards problems.

After hearing this week’s news, some supporters joked Barcelona’s scouts must only have watched those matches because he has produced little since.

One statistic circulated on social media over the last fortnight revealed Juan Mata and Willian had both assisted Eden Hazard four times in a Chelsea shirt. It added Mata left the club in 2014.

Maurizio Sarri used his press conference this week to complain about his side's lack of goals

Maurizio Sarri used his press conference this week to complain about his side's lack of goals

Maurizio Sarri used his press conference this week to complain about his side’s lack of goals

Malcom has been a flop at Barcelona but is younger and holds more potential than Willian

Malcom has been a flop at Barcelona but is younger and holds more potential than Willian

Malcom has been a flop at Barcelona but is younger and holds more potential than Willian

Still, Sarri clearly sees his value. Willian has played in 30 of the club’s 32 matches this term – more than any other player – and so the Italian wants him to stick around.

That’s his view, but the Chelsea board may differ if Barcelona come back with a bigger bid. This is a chance that may not come along again.

Willian is already 30, has 18 months left on his current contract and no talks over a new deal are planned to take place soon. The west London club also have their over-30 policy, too, meaning the most the Brazilian would receive is a one-year extension if the Blues felt like keeping him.

Malcom, 21 and a left-footer who likes playing on the right, has struggled to make a name for himself following his £36.5m move to Barcelona from Bordeaux.

Yet he has shown glimpses of his talent here and there, and has plenty of time to reach his potential.

Willian has zero goals in 10 games and there are currently no talks over a new contract for him

Willian has zero goals in 10 games and there are currently no talks over a new contract for him

Willian has zero goals in 10 games and there are currently no talks over a new contract for him

When asked about Willian on Friday, Sarri gave the classic coach answer of ‘ask the club’.

‘I have no idea,’ he said. ‘You have to contact the club and ask about the market, because if you ask me about the market, you put me in trouble because I don’t know how to answer.

‘As you know, Willian for us is very important. I think he can do better, he can do better because of his potential but he is really very important to us, so I think it is impossible to lose him in January.’

Really, Chelsea should be making that possible.

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