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4 most disappointing players for Chelsea so far this season

Elvis Ume O
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24 Feb 2019, 05:28 IST

Sarri finds himself in troubled waters, as some players at Chelsea are under-performing
Sarri finds himself in troubled waters, as some players at Chelsea are under-performing

Chelsea currently find themselves in dire straits, as a season which started with so much promise is threatening to descend into utter chaos.

The club started the current campaign unbeaten for 16 matches across all competitions, with Eden Hazard being the man at the forefront leading the charge, with many tipping them to be among the forerunners for the Premier League title.

However, their run came to an end against Tottenham in November of last year and since then it has all gone downhill for the Londoners.

There have been scandalous defeats since then, with the 4-0 and 6-0 losses to Bournemouth and Manchester City respectively in the space of two weeks being the nadir.

This has led to improved calls for the termination of Maurizio Sarri's contract, as the Italian faces furor over his tactics, with his decision to constantly play Kante out of position among others drawing particular ire.

The Blues currently find themselves in the sixth position in the league and out of the Champions League spots, with their only hopes of silverware being in the Europa League and the League Cup final where they come up against Manchester City (who trashed them less than a fortnight ago).

Nevertheless, for all of the stick being thrown Sarri's way, there are also some players who are not without blame, as they have failed to step up to the plate and contribute to the Chelsea cause. In this piece, we shall be taking a look at four players who have not lived up to expectations this season.

#4 Willian

Willian has been unspectacular this season
Willian has been unspectacular this season

In what was one of the more controversial transfers in the summer of 2013, Willian joined Chelsea after having completed his medicals at Tottenham pending a transfer to White Hart Lane and since then, he has gone on to cement his place as one of Chelsea's most consistent performers.

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The Brazilian has played his part in all the successes enjoyed by The Blues in the intervening period and was one of the players who had his reputation intact during Mourinho's disastrous 2015/2016 season.

Willian's performances have drawn considerable praise from all and sundry, while he has also been the subject of reported bids from Manchester United and Barcelona.

However, so far this season, the 30-year-old has been beneath his usual high standards. In 24 Premier League matches this season, he has scored just three goals while assisting only four times for his teammates.

These numbers fall some way off those associated with the afro-haired winger and with Chelsea entering the home run of their season, the onus if on Willian to step up his performances.


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