Chelsea attacker Willian has been in sensational form for the Blues lately, scoring four goals in his last three appearances.
During all of the Stamford Bridge club’s recent games the Brazil international has looked to be his sides most dangerous player, and has quite rightly received a huge amount of plaudits for his devastating displays.
However, Willian has not always been a regular starter during Antonio Conte’s reign as Chelsea boss.
This has caused former Liverpool midfielder and BBC pundit Danny Murphy to question the Italian coaches treatment of the player and his international team-mate David Luiz.
“I am concerned that Antonio Conte makes too many selections based on personality rather than performance. Willian’s recent form has rightly been highlighted but whenever he plays for Chelsea, he nearly always makes an impact. So why has he made only 14 Premier League starts this season? It is ridiculous.”
“I have never seen Willian have a bad game, so if someone tells me he is being left out on football grounds, I am not having it.”
“People criticise David Luiz and sometimes he makes mistakes. But last season, he was outstanding in a defence that helped Conte win the title in his first season at Chelsea.”
“In terms of ability, he should be in the team, not sitting in the stands or on the bench.”
Luiz has barely featured for Chelsea since November when he had a public falling out with Conte, although he has also been suffering from a persistent knee injury.
The Blues travel to Manchester City today in what is a crunch fixture in terms of their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.