Willian and Diego Costa can drive Chelsea up the table

Chelsea’s season cannot be underplayed – it has been a horrendous start for Jose Mourinho’s men – who are now languishing in a barely believable 16th place. However, in their squad lies subtle, yet serious, shining lights who could kick-start their season in the coming weeks.

Sitting in 16th place in the table after eight games, having lost double the amount of games which they’ve won. Five months after winning the Premier League with consummate ease, things couldn’t feel further away than the glory of May for Mourinho’s men.

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Chelsea have reached Gameweek 8 with three fewer points than David Moyes’ Manchester United side at the same juncture in 2013.

As curious as their titanic drop-off in form and belief has been, it is likely they will improve sooner rather than later – particularly given the underlying performance of Willian, and the general quality which Diego Costa possesses, despite his often erratic demeanour.

Willian is often a player who will split opinion, but his talent is clear for all to see, and so far this season he has been in fine form, having scored twice in the Champions League and once in the Premier League.

The Brazilian, who scored twice and assisted three times last season, averages 2 key passes and 1.5 shots per game in the Premier League this season, along with 2.5 dribbles.

With Pedro out of sorts following his impressive debut against West Brom, it is the Brazilian who is ready to come to the fore for Mourinho.

Willian may not be known for his goal scoring, but this season he has scored five goals in all competitions, illustrating his goal-scoring prowess is finally ready to come to the fore.

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Meanwhile, the other key player could electrify Chelsea back into action is of course Diego Costa. While the Brazilian-cum-Spaniard is yet to show the form of the previous campaign, his innate talent driven by a relentless will to win is undeniable.

Costa is back available following his three game ban and will return to the starting line-up at the expense of the faltering Falcao.

Costa will be raring to go this weekend as he faces a tepid Aston Villa side, who are stuttering near the bottom of the table under the tutelage of Tim Sherwood.

Costa has a serious pedigree which, despite his relatively poor form, the likes of Joleon Lescott will know they’ll need to be on top of their game against the Blues.

Last season Costa bagged 20 goals and three assists in the Premier League, which came in as a direct contribution to a goal on average every 90 minutes.

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What is so staggering about the impact which Costa had last season was the fact he spent the majority of the second half of the season hampered by a barrage of niggling injuries. Should Costa had been able to avoid the injuries in the previous campaign, it is more than believable he could have beaten previous Premier League top scorer records.

Looking ahead to the weekend Chelsea have been provided the prime opportunity to finally kick-start their season.

Against such a shoddy outfit as Aston Villa, and on the back of some time off due to the international break, demons can finally be shed for the Premier League champions with Willian and Costa likely at the fore if this revival.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.