Oscar joined Chelsea from Internacional in the summer of 2012, completing the ‘three-amigos’ attacking trio formed by Roberto Di Matteo to support misfiring striker Fernando Torres.
After making 64 appearances in his first season in Europe he now finds himself with no guarantee of first-team opportunities under the returning Jose Mourinho.
The Brazilian had a very respectable first season at Chelsea, scoring 12 goals and providing 13 assists, but with the arrival of winger Andre Schurrle his adopted right-wing position is under great threat.
Mourinho has historically opted for defensively-able wingers to provide cover for full-backs, and Schurrle certainly fits this role more naturally than Oscar.
Oscar’s favoured position is just behind the striker, in the 'No. 10' role; however, it would take a miracle for him to displace Juan Mata after the season he has just had.
It has also been suggested he can fit into the ‘double pivot’ alongside a more natural defensive midfielder, but with the newly arrived Marco van Ginkel reportedly being promised game-time, and head-to-head competition for places with Kevin De Bruyne, it seems Oscar is in what is for him an unfamiliar predicament.
The amount of playing time Oscar will get next season largely relies on what formation we will be using, whether it be the 4-2-3-1 system we used throughout last campaign, or whether Mourinho will implement a 4-3-3 formation similar to the one that brought us so much success during his previous spell as Chelsea manager.
As with most things in football, time will tell.
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