Why Chelsea fans are wrong to want Oscar sold

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With Antonio Conte hinting that Chelsea are set to allow a number of players to leave the club in the next few weeks, one player fans have urged the Italian manager to sell is Oscar.

The Brazilian playmaker may have scored two goals in Chelsea's 3-1 win over AC Milan last night, but his future in west London remains in doubt after a thoroughly disappointing 2015/16 season.

However, with Chelsea having a huge squad full of players of a similar ilk to Oscar capable of playing in the attacking third, is the 24-year-old really the man Conte should be ushering towards the exit door?


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Oscar arrived at Chelsea ahead of the 2012/13 season and, in his first three seasons, he scored 30 goals and assisted 25 more as he played a key role in helping the club win a Premier League title, a League Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

Alongside Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, his attacking flair in the final third was a crucial factor in Chelsea's title-winning campaign of 2014/15.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, like the majority of his teammates, last season saw a regression in both performances and statistics and Oscar managed just three goals and three assists as the Stamford Bridge club slumped to 10th in the Premier League.

It is his lacklustre performances last time around that has led to a lot of Chelsea fans growing frustrated and being guilty of having short memories when it comes to what Oscar is capable of.

However, it is worth noting that his 2015/16 Premier League stats are just one goal shy of Eden Hazard's - another man under fire last year but someone who no Chelsea fan would suggest they sell.

Plan B

Rather than selling Oscar who, at just 24-years-old, still has plenty of room to develop and find consistency under Conte, Chelsea fans should really be urging their new boss to sell his fellow forward-thinking teammate Pedro.

Yes, I know, the Spanish international has only been at Stamford Bridge for one season and may, therefore, deserve another chance to crack the Premier League, but the numbers simply do not add up for the former Barcelona man.

Taken at face value, his 2015/16 statistics may not look too bad as he managed seven goals in 24 games.

However, no less than six of those strikes came against four teams that ended up occupying the bottom five places in the league table. His other came against 14th placed West Brom. The 29-year-old also managed one fewer assist than the supposedly woefully out of form Oscar.

He consistently struggled to adapt to the pace of the English game and the likes of Willian showed far more promise in a wide position last year.

Formation fit

With Conte appearing likely to play Willian (new contract) and Hazard (their best player) out wide and having Juan Cuadrado - a player he knows well thanks to his loan spell at Juve last term - at his disposal, there simply isn't room for Pedro in the starting lineup.

Oscar, meanwhile, could have a significant role to play if given the chance. Although Cesc Fabregas will probably start in an advanced central role under Conte, Oscar is the obvious choice to be his deputy.

What's more, if Fabregas is deployed in a deeper role alongside N'Golo Kante, Oscar could easily take the number 10 position. Pedro, meanwhile, has Hazard, Cuadrado, an in-form Victor Moses and Willian to compete with for a place out wide.

Unlike Pedro, the Brazilian has Premier League pedigree and the stats to prove it. If he can rekindle the form he showed back when Chelsea were swatting aside opponents at ease, he could be like a new signing.

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