This season, Chelsea’s squad has been rife with players failing to live up to their true ability with many vastly underperforming. One of the most prominent examples is Oscar.
Despite typifying his Brazilian background with passionate flair and skill last campaign, the midfielder has made an abysmal start to this term.
In the space of seven months, one of Chelsea’s key protagonists has plummeted to yet another dysfunctional member of their ravaged player roster.
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However, Oscar’s performance against Sunderland this weekend may prove a showing that saves his season and future at Chelsea.
After a string of appalling performances, it proved a refreshing sight to see Oscar pulling the strings at Stamford Bridge once again.The Brazilian was reminding the supporters of the good times that seem so very long ago.
The 24-year-old was doused in praise and he proved a persistent nuisance to Sunderland, pulling defenders limb from limb.
His impudent penalty ended a yawning league goal drought that stretched back to the opening day and even then, the goal was an accident.
Despite the pressure piled onto the players by the fans, Oscar thrived and with five further shots on target, he ensured Costel Pantilimon never had a moment to rest.
Oscar was simply a refreshing sight- a new lease of energy that had been so absent from Stamford Bridge for so long. He was the shining light in a comfortable victory and subsequently earned the Man of the Match award.
Such an impressive display may just have saved Oscar’s career at Chelsea. Many supporters and pundits had the Brazilian down as almost certain to leave the Bridge amidst his weak form.
However, in front of Guus Hiddink and Roman Abramovich, Oscar executed a performance that has reiterated his importance to Chelsea.
After months of viewing the ex-Internacional man as a burden, Chelsea fans have been reminded that Oscar is a superb talent and an overwhelming asset.
Besides, there are very few Chelsea players that can truthfully say they have performed this season, so why should Oscar be singled out for a move away?
It may only be one impressive showing, but from such a little glimmer, the powers-that-be have been shown that selling the Brazilian would be far from wise.
Oscar is undoubtedly inconsistent, but with Chelsea in such dire straits, they need a raw and inventive player to spur them on. The past is the past and Chelsea must focus on the future; Oscar should certainly be part of it.
If he hadn’t reminded the supporters and staff of his talent and ability this weekend, Oscar could easily have been looking at the exit in the winter. Yet his nous to perform when the chips are down may just have secured his future at Stamford Bridge.
The rumours may linger but Oscar’s Sunderland showing displayed his return to form and as a result, selling him January would be nothing short of ludicrous.
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