Despite it approaching four years since his move to the club, Oscar has never truly established himself at Chelsea.
The Brazilian’s form at Stamford Bridge has come in fits and starts with this season augmenting this growing truth. It must now begin to be questioned whether staying at the west London club remains beneficial for the player.
Amidst such undulating form and with high-profile clubs still appetised by the player, Oscar should seriously consider leaving Chelsea. While he may be settled in London, it would be a move in the best interests of his career.
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It seems that every month opinions regarding Oscar chop and change. One minute Blues fans are demanding his exit, the next they are singing his praise.
Unfortunately for the Brazilian, while he has been far from poor, he hasn’t proven the mercurial talent that Chelsea thought they were buying into. Despite having signed for the club in 2012 for £19.35 million, the 24-year-old can only really boast a Premier League medal.
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This season has reflected such grievances.
Upon the arrival of Guus Hiddink, many thought that Oscar’s form would once again spike and their suspicions appeared to be confirmed upon an admirable performance against Sunderland.
However, now it appears that the managerial switch has done little to enhance the Brazilian’s form. The fact Oscar has missed his last two penalties demonstrates his current frustrations.
An anomalous hat trick against MK Dons proves a minor high in a messy season for the midfielder.
With such inconsistent form showing no sign of ending, it’s becoming ever clearer that Chelsea may not be the club for Oscar. While it may be curious that it’s taken four years for this revelation, the silverware is no long masking his struggles.
The fact his form is far from poor though shows that the Brazilian would still have a lot to offer elsewhere but being so hit and miss in England suggests Chelsea isn’t where the 24-year-old feels most comfortable.
Besides, the midfielder should feel buoyed by the fact he was linked to clubs with such pedigree as Juventus over January, as documented by the Daily Mail. It may be a bitter pill to swallow for Oscar, yet it might be a necessary one.
Blues fans have taken him to heart and his hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Despite this, when managers have had the entire Chelsea squad to pick from, Oscar usually comes up short.
The long and short of it is that Oscar hasn’t lived up to the hype.
A footballer’s career is brief and at Chelsea, the Brazilian would only be continuing his vicious cycle of ups and downs. For the benefit of his future achievements, Oscar should bite the bullet and turn his back on Stamford Bridge.
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