After moving to Stamford Bridge in 2011, the majestic Juan Mata has become one of Chelsea’s best ever buys.
Mata has got all the attributes of a world-class attacking midfielder. Pace, dribbling, killer passing and a distinct eye for goal, Mata can become one of the greatest players ever.
Just the presence he brings on to the field makes him stand out. The grace in which he plays the game is also immense. Rarely does he make a mistake and is a massive impact player.
With Real Madrid and Barcelona players making up most of the Spanish national team line-up, Mata finds it difficult to maintain a regular starting position as the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets take preference in that regard.
The bracket he does fit into is the one of the players born into the wrong generation.
Alvaro Negredo, Santi Cazorla, Pepe Reina and Mata himself are extremely unlucky to say the least.
His lack of international starts will go against his impeccable record once he hangs up his boots.
With recent speculation of Mata leaving Stamford Bridge due to him supposedly not being in Jose Mourinho’s future plans, Chelsea will suffer a massive loss.
Mata was a massive influence in Chelsea’s European success that saw them win the UEFA Champions League in 2012. Whether he leaves or stays, either way, he has definitely left his mark on the Premier League.
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