Chelsea have found themselves in a tough position since they have been unable to use the talents of Juan Mata in the regular side.
Frank Lampard and Oscar continue to see more time than Mata when they are very similar players. Lampard often gets caught in the offensive end, and relies on Ramires to cover his defensive duties.
The fact that Mata failed to meet the needs of the team in the defensive end is a huge problem in the eyes of Mourinho, but he continues to play a player who tends to act in the same manner. Lampard certainly has a bigger physical presence than Mata, but is that reason enough to sit one of the players who continually creates opportunities for others on the field.
I contend that sitting Mata in the holding midfield role would greatly improve the roster and flow of the team. It has been rumoured that Lampard is set to leave in January, and since Marco Van Ginkel is still injured Chelsea will need an offensive minded player in that setting.
This would allow for a midfield that consists of Oscar, Eden Hazard, Willian, Mata, and Ramires that makes for one of the most talented and pace driven midfields in Europe.
Sitting Mata deeper in the midfield would also allow for him to see more of the field, and continue to provide balls to the pacey wing-play, and strikers through the middle. Chelsea currently have a rotation problem between their talented players, and once Mata can get more time in a holding role, it will also allow for more consistent appearances from Andre Schurrle, and Kevin De Bruyne who will also prove to be weapons on the wings.
The next moves for Chelsea will be very crucial as the transfer window approaches. They have the talent and depth in the team to do great things, but this is dependent on keeping players happy, and allowing them to buy into a system they can see positive results from.
Mourinho must try to keep Mata in the team, and allow his young talent to see as much time as possible to allow Chelsea a chance at a bright future with their young stars in the making.
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