One concept of the game of football that will always be important to Jose Mourinho is effort. If there are members of his team who aren’t applying themselves on both sides of the ball, he isn’t going to waste his own time or theirs.
This is something Juan Mata learned the hard way as he was benched for the majority of the beginning of the season last year before being sold to Manchester United in January.
Now over a year later, Oscar has been receiving a lot of criticism recently surrounding his work ethic and commitment during matches.
When we analyse the Brazilian’s three seasons in west London, they all have one thing in common and it is that he is very impressive during the first few months of the campaign seemingly giving his all in every match.
But as time goes on, his effort levels fall and he doesn’t show up when it really matters in the second half of the season.
Mourinho, being the experienced manager he is, will be well aware of this and whether or not he has spoken to Oscar about it personally is unknown, but with the inevitable changes the manager is going to make this summer, the Brazilian playmaker’s days might very well be over.
While many fans will find it hard to swallow as Oscar is a fantastic player when he wants to be, he might have played his last match in Chelsea blue considering he has been ruled out for the remaining two matches of the year.
The encouraging part of this reality however, is there will certainly be a club out there willing to pay a large sum for the 23 year old attacking midfielder, and Mourinho will be able to use those funds to seek out a replacement.