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Could the much-maligned Oscar leave Chelsea for greener pastures?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 26 Dec 2015


Chelsea's Oscar has endured a difficult year.Chelsea midfielder Oscar cost his side two points against Watford on Boxing Day this weekend after missing the target with a late spot-kick. The Brazilian international had the chance to put the Blues 3-2 up with 10 minutes to go, but skied his effort and the game finished 2-2. Such disappointment has been synonymous of his time at Stamford Bridge in the last 12 months, and his future could once again be in the air ahead of the January transfer window as a result.

Form spiralled in 2015

Oscar has been in and out of the squad in the last year, making just nine Premier League starts this season. The 24-year-old has averaged just 62 minutes-per-game of playing time, and looks a shadow of his former self. Oscar was a regular in the first-half of Chelsea’s title-winning campaign under former manager Jose Mourinho (2014/15), but just isn’t showcasing why he deserves regualr game time at present. Operating in a central attacking midfield role for Chelsea, the Brazilian hasn’t has made only one Premier League assist since January.

His happiness has been questioned too with goal celebrations showing little emotion, and rumours surrounding his future suggest that Oscar might benefit from a move away from England. He’s still young enough to turn things around, but just can’t seem to shake his poor form for Chelsea. Given how public his former manager was about his ability in the playmaker role, Oscar really hasn’t delivered. He looked the part against Sunderland in their previous outing, but was below-par against Watford.

What does he bring to the Chelsea side anymore?

Wasteful in possession, while failing to register a shot on target, the former Internacional man struggled in the 2-2 draw with the Hornets. Chelsea are entering a new era following the depature of Mourinho which means a number of players are expected to eventually make way under the new manager next summer, so could Oscar be one deemed surplus? Offering very little in attack, while having been in and out of the Chelsea side for some time now, he’s sure to be enquired about by clubs promisingregular game time.

Italian Serie A holders Juventus publicy revealed an interest to sign the Brazilian last summer, but conceded defeat at the Blues refused to negotiate. They may well have a change of heart should interest arise when the transfer windown finally opens. It’s unknown if Juve will look to make a bid for his services, let alone if Chelsea are willing to sell mid-season, but Oscar certainly hasn’t been closer to leaving as he likely is now.

Could Oscar be exiting Stamford Bridge this season?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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