One player whose stock value has greatly reduced over the past season and a half has to be that of Chelsea’s Oscar. The Brazilian started his Stamford Bridge career really brightly and was expected to lead Chelsea for many a season but his position in the side has been in danger and he didn’t even get a chance to do really well under Guus Hiddink last season after Jose Mourinho was sacked.
Oscar doesn’t seem to be in the plans of Antonio Conte either and the 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with a move away from the club for a long time and it seems an inevitability that he will be sold sooner rather than later.
The Brazilian does not seem to be performing at the levels which saw him become a world beater at the club that could be due to being at one club for too long or not being able to deal with a number of injuries that he has had at the club.
Oscar has only scored seven and eight goals from the past two seasons, which is not a good number for someone who plays high up the pitch and is expected to do a lot more for the club. While other players in the side are consistently improving and trying to show what they can do in the side, Oscar’s growth has stagnated and that is a worry for any football manager.
The Brazilian was in high spirits before the start of the season and was quoted as saying that he expected to do well in a 4-3-3 for Conte.
“I think we have played better with the 4-3-3 than when we have played 4-2-4, but we have two formations and always we try our best.
“The 4-3-3 is better for me because I can score more goals, and also create more and tackle in midfield which I like to do to help the team. “
The funny thing about all this is that Oscar has actually started both the Premier League games for Chelsea this season but he hasn’t had a lot to do when it comes to the goals scored as most of them have been created by Michy Batshuayi and Antonio Conte cannot ignore how well the Belgian has started this season for the Blues.
Oscar might not be the player he was at one stage of his career but he can still do a lot of damage coming off the bench with his passing and movement but Chelsea have a number of young players who can provide the same spark off the bench and that is the major reason why Oscar should be replaced with another star player that can give a lot more.
The Brazilian might be a bright player who is still young and can get better but his stagnated growth in the last two years is the problem and unless Antonio Conte can turn things around for the Brazilian by January, he could be another player leaving the club in the winter window.