Can Chelsea move Willian into midfield to accommodate Juan Cuadrado?


Juan Cuadrado is a new arrival at Stamford Bridge.

The Colombian winger signed from Fiorentina on transfer deadline day in a £27 million switch, as per the Guardian.

Arriving at the Premier League leaders, the 26-year-old was always going to struggle to break into the starting XI immediately. He will be guaranteed chances, with the Blues still fighting in the Champions League as well, but the form of Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar will restrict appearances in the Premier League. He came on for 10 minutes of the 2-1 victory at Aston Villa last weekend, but it is hard to see when he will be given a starting role.

However, with Cesc Fabregas currently out of action through injury, there is a tactical switch that could improve the Blues all over the pitch, whilst also allowing Cuadrado to excel in his role on the right wing.

Currently, the double pivot in deep midfield is being occupied by Nemanja Matic and Ramires - who is in for the injured Fabregas. A high energy presence, Brazilian international Ramires offers a box-to-box presence, although he always struggles when he reaches the box. He has little technical talent, and is hardly the best at either attacking or defensive manoeuvres, whilst his creative build up play leaves a lot to be desired.

There is no doubt that he has a worth in the squad, due to his high energy game, but Willian performs in the same manner as Ramires - but with a better technical ability.

The winger could be moved into the centre of midfield, offering the box-to-box role that Ramires does, but with the added ability to provide better offensive cover. Surprisingly, Willian offers a better defensive presence than Ramires as well, and his tracking back from the right wing generally sees him as the most active player on the field.

He has played in the central attacking role before, and dropping a bit deeper would make his work rate more effective without weakening either attacking or defensive aspects of the Blues game.

The benefit with bringing Willian deeper, would be to allow Cuadrado to roam on the right wing. He already offers an incredible work rate, and is a different sort of winger to Willian, whilst also providing goals and creativity from the right.

There is seemingly no way that Cuadrado will break into the starting XI with Willian currently performing at his incredible level, but if the Brazilian was to move a bit deeper into the central midfield role, the Blues would benefit from having an incredible presence in the centre of the park, as well as the highly-rated Cuadrado attacking in the outside-right position.

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