Considering the melodramas and domineering personas that seem to perpetually reside at Stamford Bridge, it’d be easy for a character as seemingly shy and retiring as Juan Mata to get swept to the sidelines. Although adhering to the age-old cliché of doing his talking on the pitch, the gifted Spaniard is doing just that.
Perhaps undoubtedly Chelsea’s outstanding performer amongst a galaxy of nimble, technically minded attacking midfielders, the ex-Valencia man has been outstanding this season.
With seven goals and eight assists to his name in the Premier League, there are few midfielders that offer as much substance to back up the style as Mata has done so far this season. The Blues may feel rightfully worried about losing the services of Frank Lampard at the end of the season, but without Mata, they’d certainly be a lot further away from where they are at the moment.