Anzhi Makhachkala winger Willian was exciting interest from clubs in western Europe even before his move to Shakhtar Donetsk. Now the changing financial situation at his current club means he could well be on the move and it’s Liverpool and Tottenham who are thought to be keenest to secure his signature, but what would they be getting for any potential outlay?
Willian is first and foremost a creator of goals for his teammates, laying on six goals in 13 games across all competitions this year.
His ability to craft chances has been undulled by his side’s winless start to the Russian Premier League campaign, having assisted all four of their goals so far whilst creating an average of four goal-scoring opportunities per game.
He’s at his best on the left flank – where he boasts a stellar Whoscored.com average rating of 8.05 in 2013 – and would rate an almost comically good replacement for the sadly unrealised potential of Stewart Downing at Anfield and a far from underwhelming one for Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane.
Whilst played predominantly on the left, he is capable of not just using, but loosing 25-yard thunderbolts with both feet.
Furthermore, he has the composure and technique to finish clinically at the highest level, as his two strikes against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in last season’s Champions League show.
Having played at that rarefied level moves to Spurs and Liverpool may not be that attractive to the Brazilian, but the increased exposure that playing in the Premier League will garner him may be enough to swing a player with hopes of playing in his home World Cup at the end of the campaign in the direction of a move to England.
The clubs are 17/10 equal fifth favourites for a top four berth at the end of the current campaign, but although Spurs have the incentive of Europa League football this term, the former Corinthians ace has previously professed to a soft spot for the Anfield club, telling the Daily Mirror; “Every time I get the chance I watch Liverpool. They are a very important club and a lot of players would jump at the chance to play for them”.