Willian is usually the player who gets abuse when Chelsea do badly, but when he plays like he did last night, he gets praise too.
He assisted two then won and scored a penalty, and gave the team the spark they needed with Eden Hazard not playing.
Chelsea fans who still love the Brazilian were out in force in the Twittersphere, with plenty of compliments for.
See a selection of their comments below:
Great team performance but Willian was quality
— Jack (@jackjfox_) December 31, 2017
.@willianborges88 has been directly involved in more goals (7) against Stoke than any other team in the Premier League.
5 goals ⚽
2 assists 🅰️ pic.twitter.com/rJHlkup4bs
— Chelsea Pictures (@Chelsea_FC_Pics) December 31, 2017
Without Hazard in the XI, Chelsea needed someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Willian's done that and more. Deserved MOTM.
— amadí (@amadoit__) December 30, 2017
If Willian played like this week in week out he would be one of the best Wingers in the PL
Just too inconsistent..
— . (@OfficialCheIs) December 30, 2017
90 minutes of Willian at his very best. Worth the admission money on its own today.
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) December 30, 2017
Willian always turns to a Ronaldinho whenever hazard isn't around
— iBhubesi (@mabasotf) December 30, 2017