Chelsea: Oscar is Neymar's equal
Oscar has the potential to be as good as Neymar, but does not recieve the attention that he deserves
Oscar, unlike Neymar, barring the recent Confederations Cup, has the knack of producing the goods when it matters.
In the recent friendly, between England and Brazil at Wembley, Oscar alongside England’s Jack Wilshere, were the stand-out performers.
Yet, in the Premier League and on a national level, Oscar’s name is rarely mentioned amongst the precocious superstars and youth talents across the world.
Players such as Wilshere, Eden Hazard, and Mario Gotze are amongst the ‘poster boys’ in football.
However, it is clear that Oscar should be regarded just as highly, if not higher, as some of these players.
Chelsea's marquee signing of Hazard provided much optimism at the start of the season, with The Blues beating Real Madrid, Barcelona, both Manchester clubs, Tottenham and Paris Saint German to land the Belgian starlet.
His arrival, however, out-shone and put Oscar’s entrance very much in the shadows.
Initially used as an impact player, Oscar made his first three Chelsea appearances as a second-half substitute. His performances were neat and tidy but nothing to show glimpses of his reported £25 million price tag was justified.
But, after being given his first start, against Juventus in the Champions League, Oscar pulled off a man-of-the-match performance and netted a brace - including one of the goals of the year against the world-class Gianluigi Buffon.
Oscar had performed and continues to do so, on the European stage, having scored seven goals in his last six European encounters.
Fantastic solo strikes against Brentford and Shakhtar Donetsk have added to a catalogue of stunningly beautiful goals.
Hopefully Jose Mourinho doesn’t bench another Brazilian playmaker, as he did with Kaka,
but Oscar’s future really lies in the balance at Stamford Bridge.
He’ll either flourish at the there or find himself playing second fiddle to Kevin De Bruyne -who is equally as technically gifted.
Oscar can easily be a future candidate for the prestigious Ballon d'Or, and his talent should not slip without far more, deserved, attention.
Mourinho’s takeover will undoubtedly come with transition and some casualties. Players will be dropped and Oscar could find himself treated similarly to Kaka and see his talent benched.
However, Oscar could be Chelsea’s leading attacking threat and will need to prove himself to the returning ‘Special One’.
He has tasted success in Europe for Chelsea and internationally with Brazil - which becomes more impressive when considered many Brazilians in Europe get ousted out of the national set up.
Manchester City’s marquee signing Fernandinho, Anzhi’s Willian and Chelsea’s Ramires are all capable of playing for the national side, but see themselves left out to less talented, domestically-based players. Oscar has the potential to become a world-beater and will need Mourinho to be on his side.
Oscar is only 21-years-old and in his homeland is regarded as a great talent with huge potential. The, unfortunate, ungraceful decline of Ronaldinho and Kaka, leaves room for a new star to take fame.
That said, in Brazil Oscar still does not receive the attention his talents deserve - this responsibility almost solely lies with flamboyant Neymar.
The very talented duo, Neymar and Oscar lit up the Olympics with both players either assisting or scoring every Brazil goal. Yet, the newspapers focused on Neymar and the shirts sold were all had the new Barcelona player's name on the back of them.
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