If reports in the British press are to be believed, like this one in the Evening Standard, time is running out at Stamford Bridge for Brazilian ace Oscar.
Long linked with a move away from Chelsea, Antonio Conte has reportedly sanctioned the outgoing transfer at some point over the last week, with the midfielder currently not in the plans of the Italian boss.
Oscar has never really hit his stride in a Blue shirt, with games often passing him by without event.
Even so, on occasion he looks like a world class players; and so some Chelsea fans will no doubt be disappointed with the news, with the Brazilian ace having built quite a supportive following amongst the Chelsea faithful.
The transfer has promoted a lot of discussion between fans as they debate whether it makes sense or not; so lets break down the deal for it’s advantages and disadvantages.
With that, here are TWO pros and TWO cons for Chelsea selling Oscar…
First and foremost, there is no doubting that on his day – there are few players more technically gifted than Oscar.
From the moment he played in a Blue shirt he has shown short bursts of quality; most fans will of course remember his fantastic double in his first Chelsea game against Juventus.
Offering unmatched technical ability, pinpoint passing accuracy and the ability to produce a wonderful set piece; Oscar can really do it all.
He can be absolutely unplayable on his day, and that is what separates his from the majority of other midfield playmakers; and it is what Chelsea need to remember before they sell him on.
The issue with Oscar however is not that he doesn’t have the quality – that is clear for all to see; it is just that he doesn’t show his quality often enough.
The consistency of the Brazilian is the most frustrating quality of his game, as he can look unplayable one week; and then you could forget that he is playing for the next six.
Having one 10/10 game every few months is simply not good enough; especially when he is competing with players like Willian who always put in very good performances.
If he could play at 100% every single game, he would no doubt be one of the best in the world. But for a top English team competing for the title – inconsistency is not a trait that is acceptable.
Chelsea should look to sell and buy someone who can perform week in week out.
One thing that Chelsea fans often forget is that Oscar is still a developing footballer. He was introduced to the Chelsea first team at the young age of 21, and so it is only natural that his game is not fully developed.
In fact, it is a credit to Oscar that he has been able to stay in and around the Chelsea first team despite his young years; especially with the club frequently bringing in much more expensive and experienced players to compete with him.
At just 24 he has a number of years left to really complete his development and become the player that all fans know he can be. Chelsea need to give him time to become the world class talent that he can be.
The issue with that however is that at a club like Chelsea; there is very little opportunity to allow players to develop.
Roman Abramovich is a demanding owner; and expects the club to be winning silverware every season. Managers can’t afford to give game time to players that are not the complete article; their job depends on success and they can’t risk the youngsters not providing it.
At this point, playing Oscar is a liability when he is competing with world class stars like Pedro, Willian and Eden Hazard.
On top of that, he will likely be forced to play out of position under Antonio Conte, with the Italian manager often utilising two strikers instead of a number 10 playmaker – meaning Oscar will be forced to play on the wing.
Chelsea have so many quality wingers; it just doesn’t make sense to play a still-developing Oscar out of position just to facilitate his development – Chelsea NEED to win titles!
What do you think Chelsea fans? Is it time to sell Oscar or should he get one more chance? Let us know below.