Willian has “suffered” from playing in the same teams as Eden Hazard and Neymar, claims Pat Nevin, but the Chelsea winger is now showing that he can be a star for club and country in his own right.The Brazil international has always been a useful asset for the Blues and Selecao, and his ability has never been questioned, with a healthy contribution of goals and assists having been offered at Stamford Bridge and for a demanding South American nation.Willian has, however, often found himself being forced to operate in the shadow of more illustrious colleagues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The 31-year-old has been freed, though, at Chelsea by the summer of sale of Hazard to Real Madrid, while Neymar has seen injury struggles disrupt his involvement with Brazil.Willian is considered to be thriving with added responsibility, with former Blues winger Nevin telling the club’s official website: “The final joyous recovery is of course Willian who has been sparkling of late.“He was getting the bird for a while too but I have my suspicions for the reasons why. His work load and schedule has been ridiculous for years with the travelling back to Brazil to play in their myriad games from World Cup qualifiers, Copa America and all the final tournaments themselves. He has had very little rest time for quite a few seasons now and I think you could see the wear and tear affecting him.“His game isn’t that of a winger only, he always works back as well and with both Brazil and Chelsea in the last few years he has suffered from playing on the ‘other’ wing to one of the best players in the world (Neymar and Hazard). Neither of those two players are noted for their covering back, so as the other winger you have to compensate and do more work.“I am not surprised Willian is having a good time. A little less pressure from the national side, more time on the ball now that Eden has gone, a manager who encourages constant attacking play which suits him and now the fans giving him all the backing. This could well be a golden season for the 31-year-old in a Chelsea shirt, just as everyone else is talking about the kids.”Frank Lampard is putting his faith in youth at Chelsea, with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount benefiting from a change in approach by a west London giant.Nevin is delighted to see patience being rewarded, with the process of getting academy graduates into the senior side not as easy as many like to make out.“They are the product of not being rushed when they weren’t ready,” added Nevin.“Tammy, for example, had to fill out physically and learn the game out on loan. He did that in a well-structured and orderly way. His technical ability improved, he learned about the pressures and how to cope with them and had a good look at how tough it is in other divisions and at the wrong end of the table.“He has come back with the equivalent of an honours degree in men’s first-team football. So, yes, he has been given a chance but do not ignore all the work and consideration put into the development at every stage.“For years we all had to put up with the sniping about the size of Chelsea’s on-loan troupe and how the club was getting it so wrong. We are not really hearing much of that now are we? It was probably difficult for the club to stay focused, stick with and believe in that method when the flak was flying but to their credit they did so.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TORONTO – Ontario’s insurance regulator has approved coverage for drivers using ride-hailing services such as Uber, even as the province’s legislature has yet to decide if such services are legal.The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the new insurance offering is the first coverage of its kind in the country.The Financial Services Commission of Ontario gave Aviva Canada the green light to offer coverage for drivers carrying paying passengers in their own vehicles.Aviva says it is fulfilling a clear customer need.“There are a lot of people out there trying to make some extra money, and that’s a great thing, but they’re doing it without the appropriate coverage for themselves and for their passengers as well,” said spokesman Glenn Cooper.But at the moment such drivers are also doing it outside the confines of the law.The Ontario legislature is set to consider a bill that would make Uber, AirBnB and other services in the so-called sharing economy legal. Progressive Conservative Tim Hudak’s private member’s bill passed second reading in the fall but has yet to go before committee to be studied.Hudak called the insurance an exciting step and said it’s important for the province to be a leader on this issue.“The longer we delay on an overall ride-sharing legislative framework the less help it is for cabbies, for Uber drivers, for customers and I’m worried that situation, that tension, is going to escalate if the province does not act,” he said.Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Aviva’s offering “is a step in the protection of consumers and that’s not a bad thing,” but more has to be done to ensure consumers are protected and businesses have a level playing field.Municipalities such as Toronto and Ottawa are also re-examining their own taxi bylaws.Toronto recently gave Uber a taxi brokerage licence for its taxi service that connects riders with cab drivers in the city through a mobile app, but the move did not affect the company’s controversial cheaper service, UberX, that connects riders with drivers not licensed as taxis.The taxi industry — which has staged many protests against Uber — says the ride-hailing company is operating illegally and therefore those drivers shouldn’t be able to be insured for that activity.“We are very concerned that an Aviva announcement that ‘an approved product exists and is available for purchase’ will be misconstrued by politicians to mean ‘20,000 illegal UberX drivers are now insured,’ Toronto Taxi Alliance president Gail Souter and Canadian Taxicab Association president Marc Andre Way wrote in a letter to Aviva.Aviva’s coverage is an addition to its personal auto policy and will be available to drivers licensed for at least six years, who spend up to 20 hours a week participating in ride hailing, and for a maximum of eight occupants. The policy will cover drivers from when they initiate looking for passengers through to collecting and dropping off those passengers.Aviva says it will be working with regulators across the country to make this insurance available in other provinces.Edmonton just approved a bylaw to allow companies like Uber to operate legally.Uber Canada said it hasn’t reviewed Aviva’s policy, but it is encouraged to see interest from insurers.“Uber and Intact have been working with provincial regulators for a number of months and Intact has completed their full submission for approval,” said spokeswoman Susie Heath. Insurance for drivers of ride-hailing services approved by Ontario regulator by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2016 12:18 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 2:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email