It is no longer news that since the arrival of Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss Juan Mata has made limited appearance for the Blues.
The attacking midfielder has fallen behind Oscar in the pecking order as the team's playmaker with Mourinho stating that Oscar is his number ten at Chelsea.
A skillful attacking midfielder, Mata is known for his passing and his ability to score goals. Despite his diminutive build, the Spaniard possesses great vision that allows him to provide assists to accompanying forwards.
Even with all these sterling qualities, Mourinho still prefers Oscar in his new project of changing Chelsea's style of play. It is then left for pundits and fans alike to figure out reasons why the Special One ignores Mata.
The former Real Madrid boss has publicly criticised his team's style of play and called for change. This has prompted the Chelsea manager to feature Oscar as the number ten preferring to play Mata in a wider role with Mourinho telling the Spanish international point-blank to adapt his game to the new style.
For the records, Mata was Chelsea's player of the year in each of his two seasons at the club, was an integral member of the side who won the Champions League in 2012 and followed that up with last season's Europa League success, playing 64 times for the London club last term.
However the decision by the Special One - which has been received with a barrage of criticism - should not be seen in the negative as it would end up in the club and player's favour.
Mourinho - who has a knack for bringing the best out of his players - is not only trying to build a better Chelsea team but to also develop Mata into an all-round player.
The former Valencia player definitely has the potential to develop from his favoured playmaker role to an all-round player who could fit into any role and deliver perfectly. As a Mata of fact, the creative midfielder is not new to playing from the wing.
Further more, with Oscar in excellent form this season, the healthy competition between the duo in the midfield will help in bringing out the best in both players.
Being a Chelsea regular in the last two seasons the player may become complacent and lackadaisical in his approach to games but the present situation has the potential to inspire the player in order to avoid these pitfalls.
Though Mata may be uncomfortable with the new role he is being made to play at Stamford Bridge, if he works harder he will adapt and secure a starting shirt for Chelsea once again.
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