It also became blindingly obvious that Chelsea were in need of a star player – at his previous clubs, Mourinho had the likes of Crisitano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil.
Before that came Wesley Sneijder and Diego Milito. Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba were the Chelsea stars of old. Even at Porto he had Deco.
Jose’s Chelsea 2.0 had no one. Upon his arrival, Mourinho clearly tried to make Eden Hazard his key man, discarding the ever reliable Juan Mata to do so. Brazilian Oscar was also given a more prominent role, but was still considered something of a luxury player by both the fans and media.
Cue the opening game of the season and Oscar’s goal. His reputation from that point has just grown and grown, as have his performances. The Brazilian has been Mr Consistent for the club. He has not succumbed to injury, having played for both Chelsea and Brazil without showing signs of fatigue and has been simply the star man.
His passing and movement, not to mention goals are one thing, but it is his work rate and ability to track back that has really caught the eye.
Oscar has always been a quality player, that has never been in question, but the wonderment if he would become more of a fancy little thing to watch instead of the heart of the team has always been there.
Under Mourinho, Oscar has shown that he is more than able to dig in deep, track back and motivate the team. Against West Ham, he made seven tackles. The entire back four made six combined. No wonder he was hailed as having the best work rate of any number ten Frank Lampard claimed to have ever seen.
Under a manager like Mourinho, the sky is literally the limit for Oscar. He is still so young, with so much to give. Note how the cries to reinstate fan and media favourite Juan Mata have died down. If it is the choice between Brazilian or the Spaniard for the number ten role, fans now willingly admit it is not a choice at all. Oscar deserves the starting place hands down.
After the best season we have seen from him in a Chelsea shirt, the greatest competition of all is in his homeland this summer.
Much has been made of what we expect from the likes of Crisitiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi this summer, but those who watch Oscar week in week out will be expecting just as much from him – and so they should.
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