When Chelsea paid a reported £30million for Brazilian Willian last August, more than a few eyebrows were raised. While over at White Hart Lane, then-boss Andre Villas-Boas could only look on as a player he thought he had in the bag instead opted for Stamford Bridge.
But with every passing performance, the former Anzhi Makhachkala player is proving if not exactly a bargain then certainly money very well spent.
Willian set up Chelsea's first goal when he crossed for Mikel to head home, and his energy and creativity made him a constant menace for Steve McClaren's men.
The 25-year-old now has two goals and five assists for the season, but his recent performances suggest he could kick on and make the difference in the second half of Chelsea's campaign.
Following the FA Cup tie, we took to Twitter to see what the fans made of Willian's performance. You can read a selection of them below:
I said we didn't need Willian when we signed him. I'll hold my hands up. I was wrong.— Jon Andrews (@JonAndrews84) January 5, 2014
Willian is my Man of the Match, terrific work rate from him throughout the match #ktbffh— Lampard4eva (@BlueHearted8) January 5, 2014
Willian's work ethic is absolutely priceless.— James Marshall (@_jamesmarshall_) January 5, 2014
Willian has in the last few games done, in my opinion, enough to be a starter at Chelsea. Always performs, shows energy and is dynamic.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) January 5, 2014
Willian starting to look really good. No wonder Mourinho won't play Mata.— David (@Gooner_66) January 5, 2014
Willian was man of the match for me, closely followed by Ramires. #CFCLive— funlola salako (@salafun) January 5, 2014
I know he should be for the money we paid but Willian really is top notch.— chris saunders (@twinuth2) January 5, 2014
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