One of which, wasn’t exactly renowned over Europe before the London games, but his seamless ability hasn’t got unnoticed. Chelsea, a club fresh of the back of a monumental Champions League triumph, secured the signature of a Brazilian playmaker called Oscar do Santos Emboaba Júnior, a name that’s adjacent to the complexities in the youngster’s game.
Following a predominantly successful run in the Olympics with Brazil, Oscar has now begun to enlighten spectators to the qualities at his disposal. Chelsea’s new £25 million acquisition gave rival clubs and in turn, his new team-mates an inkling of what to expect when he graces the Premier League.
Throughout the course of the tournament, Oscar showcased the talent he possesses with a wide range of precise short-long passes and vision, in order to construct moves even from his own half. Traditionally a playmaker, the 20 year old, would, towards the latter stages of a match, drift into the holding role, to provide that extra pass for defenders to resort too.
Combined with his sumptuous weighted passes and vibrant pace, the youngster’s composure on the ball, allows him to rarely lose possession. The Brazilian certainly vindicated his price tag on the International stage.
The question now remains whether or not the 20 year old, can replicate his intelligence at club level in a different country. We’ve all seen young South American’s shift continents, the likes of Jose Kleberson & Juan Sebastian Veron failed in their attempt to adapt to the physicality and pace of the Premier League.
At Chelsea, you feel it’s imperative Roberto Di Matteo utilizes Oscar in his preferred position, with both him and Juan Mata, essentially number 10’s who thrive on dictating the tempo of the forward play, Mata can also provide width alongside new signing Eden Hazard. Played in any other position, Oscar’s contribution will diminish his creativity.
However, the signing of Oscar for Chelsea will also pay dividends for Fernando Torres, with the Brazilian’s ball retention and innovation, not to mention the brilliance of his decision-making which epitomize the youngster; the Spanish striker will have no shortage of intricate passes being threaded through to him.
A minority will question the 20 year olds physical shape, which may be problematic at first, especially against the stronger sides, which would ultimately render his contribution obsolete. But with Oscar’s profound intelligence and versatility, the Chelsea contingent will witness the unearthing of a genius.
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