Chelsea's Oscar holds the key to any success that Jose Mourinho's side will have this year, given the playmaker's new role at the club.
Since joining the club in 2012 the whizkid has proved he is more than adept at fulfilling multiple roles in midfield. Displaying comfort both out wide and in the centre.
Last season under interim manager Rafael Benitez, Oscar continuously found himself out wide in a trio of attacking midfielders, which consisted of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.
This year, Mourinho has opted for a different approach.
It's no secret that Juan Mata is out of favour at the west London club, which has allowed Oscar the freedom to successfully move into the No. 10 role, becoming the focal point of Chelsea's new-look attack in the process.
Given the Brazilian's recent comments regarding his new-found role, it would seem it's a position he believes he can flourish in.
The 22-year-old said: "I am happy to play for a big team like Chelsea and to have this responsibility Mourinho has given me.
“I don’t feel the pressure. I have the same situation with Brazil where there is a lot of expectation."
Given the success that Juan Mata has had in the No. 10 role in the last two years, it's a credit to the Brazil international just how much pressure he is coping with, given the uncompromising expectations at Stamford Bridge.
In the Champions League this year he has a solitary strike, added with two assists in just four matches. Combine that with his four goals in the Premier League and you have the club's leading scorer this season.
This is no mean feat given the strikers at the club. Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have all demonstrated their ability to find the goal with precision.
But with Oscar clearly in Mourinho's plans, he will need lead the line with the desire and determination his manager craves.
Consequently it's these attributes, or lack of, which has left fans favourite Mata watching from the bench.
Depending on how much further Oscar goes this year in demonstrating his talents, not just with goals but with assists also, it will have a huge impact in determining where Chelsea finish this season, in all competitions.
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