Chelsea: Marin's departure a sign of things to come?
Will Jose Mourinho decide to offload smaller playmakers such as Juan Mata?
In April 2012, German midfielder Marko Marin agreed to join Chelsea for a bargain fee of around £7million.
Big things were expected of him as he was dubbed 'the German Messi'. However a hamstring injury and a failure to break into the team ahead of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar meant his first season in English football has been a miserable one.
Little over a year after joining the club, Marin is off on loan to Sevilla for the whole of next season.
It is rumoured by many that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is not a fan of small playmakers, hence rumours of Juan Mata leaving Stamford Bridge. With Marin already gone, alarm bells are ringing, will Marin's move away from the Bridge be the start of an overhaul?
Mata has been voted Chelsea's player of the season in both of his two seasons at the club, he's a hugely popular figure with both fans and players alike and is often considered as Chelsea's best player.
Despite this, rumours have been spreading vigorously that Mourinho for some reason not known to anyone, wants to offload the Spaniard.
This would be a hugely unpopular decision and would cause an uproar by Chelsea fans.
There are a few examples of Mourinho using small playmakers in his teams, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder aren't the tallest of men, however with Oscar and Eden Hazard also in the team, there might not be a place in the side for Mata anymore.
One way around playing Chelsea's 'three amigos' is by turning Oscar into a deep-lying-playmaker, something which could be explored by Mourinho.
Afterall, he has played in this position successfully in the past, against Arsenal for example, and Rafa Benitez said he wanted to experiment and try and put him in a deeper role. However due to injuries this wasn't explored very much.
One noteworthy thing however is that the majority of rumours about Mata leaving the club were started by Spanish papers such as Marca.
We all know Mourinho had a bad relationship with the Spanish media so making rumours about Mourinho wanting to offload fans' favourites could just be a childish attempt to stir things up.
It is more than likely that the Spanish media are just trying to scare Chelsea fans.
Surely if Mourinho is the best manager in the world as people claim then he would be intelligent enough to realise Mata is a class act and should be kept at the club at all costs?
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