Why Chelsea needs to swap Willian for Barcelona’s Malcom
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Chelsea must seize the opportunity that Barcelona is still desperate to get Willian. It’s time to swap one Brazilian winger for another.
From the other side of the fence, Barcelona is the best club a good player can join in Europe. With their tiki-taka style, the football should be easy. But it isn’t.
Players like Andre Gomes who joined the Catalan giants, thinking success would come naturally, ended up being big-time flops!
The list doesn’t start or end with Gomes. Ousmane Dembele is still a question. Now Malcom. The Brazilian hasn’t even lasted a season at Camp Nou, mind.
Roma cried blue murder when Barca snuck in and stole the player from under their nose. Talented as he is, Malcom threw caution to the winds by joining the Blaugrana.
Count three fingers for months, before you get to the fourth, Barcelona would've realised 21-year-old Malcom is no good. They’re ready to swap him for a 30-year-old Willian.
Let’s say Malcom is the Dembele of Ligue 1 – Talented. Fast. Had a stellar season. Joins Barcelona under controversial circumstances. Deemed NOT good enough soon after.
Chelsea and Willian has plenty of reasons to say no
Barcelona spent £36 million on the Brazilia. Before that, they’d bid £55 million for Willian. Chelsea rejected.
The Catalans are readying another offer. This time, they’ll sweeten it by adding Malcom in a player plus cash deal.
Barca must really be desperate. Why wouldn’t they be? Malcom isn’t in Ernesto Valverde’s plans. Barcelona has played 12 games in La Liga this season, the 21-year-old has only appeared in three and started once.
Per Whoscored, Malcom has a 10% chance of appearing in a La Liga game for Barcelona. In the first team, he only betters Carles Alena who has 5%.
In contrast, Willian is integral to Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea. He’s appeared in all of Chelsea’s 12 matches in the League. He’s scored a couple of goals and laid on a couple more.
Willian understands the Chelsea way. He’s been at the club for five years. He’s made friends. And loves living in London. Besides, he’s become an established international thanks to his time with the Blues.
If Malcom isn’t good enough for Barcelona, what makes him good enough for Chelsea? The player is low on confidence, knows nothing about English football.
But that’s not all…
Chelsea should look at the future
Malcom isn’t good enough for Barca doesn’t mean he’s a bad player. In fact, the player might blossom into a world-beater in a few years. Not likely this season, though.
Malcom is at the age where players are allowed to make mistakes and struggle. What follows next defines the player’s career.
Chelsea won’t find a better younger version of Willian than Malcom. And they’ll get him for free!
Malcom solves the problem of spending big to sign an in-form winger in Europe – like Suso, Leon Bailey or Nabil Fekir.
What’s the hype around Willian anyway? He’s no goal-laden winger like Eden Hazard. The most goals he’s ever scored in a season for Chelsea is 13.
Malcom has the explosive ability to better whatever Willian achieved for Chelsea. The lad is brimming with potential and has everything to storm the Premier League.
Chelsea wins both ways if they allow Willian join Barcelona. They get a good, young, teachable player. They get money for him as opposed to spending money.
At age 30 and above, players plateau. Skilful, boisterous and nimble-footed as he is, Willian falls into that category. Chelsea would be taking an aging player off their hands.
At face value, a swap deal for Malcom and Willian doesn’t sound too appealing; especially from a Chelsea standpoint. Look again.