In one way, Willian has picked up this season exactly where he left off last season. After last night’s match against Vidi FC, he’s now the only player to have featured in every single competitive match this season. He even played in the Community Shield! He hasn’t started all matches (though he has the majority of them), but he’s continued to be ever-present in post-match player ratings. And while these sorts of appearances-streaks did not save his relationship with Conte, so far, it seems to be good enough with Sarri.
Another way Willian has picked up right where he left off is in terms of scoring nomination-worthy goals. In fact, he won the Premier League’s Goal of the Month award in January, for finishing off a flowing team move against Brighton.
Now he’s back among the nominees, though this time for an outstanding individual effort, against Cardiff City in the first game from the September international break.
Here’s a refresher, if you forgot about this stunning effort into top bins.
So, get to voting. Here are the rest of the nominees, including goals from Zaha, Højbjerg Gündogan, Lacazette, Agüero, Kyle Walker, and the shoo-in for the prize, Daniel Sturridge against Chelsea.