With Willian making history on Wednesday as he became the first player to find the net in the Premier League in every month of the calendar year, we take a look at how he achieved his unique record.
The Brazilian’s brace against West Ham saw him reach the 10-goal mark in a season for the fourth time and increased his league tally to 36 goals over the course of seven seasons with the Blues.
Here is a breakdown of his league goals on a month-by-month basis.
Willian’s only goal for the Blues in the opening month of the season was a right-footed effort in our 3-0 win over Burnley in 2016. He did find the net in our season-opener against Swansea the previous year but it went down as an own goal after deflecting off Federico Fernandez.
The Brazilian’s scoring form tends to pick up in September. To date, he has four league goals in the month including a spectacular curler against Cardiff in 2018 and an angled low drive against Brighton earlier this season.
Willian’s first Chelsea goal came at Norwich in October 2013 and he has five in total during the month including a stunning free-kick against Southampton in 2015 and a brilliant curler at Hull a year later.
While he has scored five Champions League goals for the Blues in November, his only Premier League strike in that month was a late equaliser in our 1-1 draw with Liverpool in 2017.
December has been the Brazilian’s most prolific month in the league with seven goals including doubles against Stoke City on New Year’s Eve 2016 and Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season.
Willian’s four league goals in January include an exquisite effort in our 4-0 win at Brighton in 2018 which involved great interplay with Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi and a fine finish by the Brazilian. It was named the club’s Goal of the Season in 2017/18.
The most important of his three goals in February was a dramatic late winner against Everton at Stamford Bridge in 2015 which kept the momentum going in our Premier League-winning campaign.
Willian’s goals in March include a well-placed low effort in our 4-0 thumping of Everton just before the season was paused earlier this year.
The Brazilian helped to spoil Liverpool’s chance of winning the league in 2014 when his late tap-in sealed a 2-0 win at Anfield. Three years later, he kept the Blues in the hunt for the title by scoring again on Merseyside in a 3-0 victory at Everton.
Willian’s only league goal in May came on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign when we thumped Sunderland 5-1 before lifting the league trophy at the Bridge.
With the current season resuming in June because of the coronavirus pandemic, Willian notched his first June goal by converting a penalty to secure our 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Bridge.
Willian’s mastery of the dead ball saw him score with a penalty and a free-kick at West Ham as he completed his calendar-year haul for the Blues and went into the Premier League’s record books.