With Chelsea’s win over Manchester United at the weekend all but securing the Premier League title for Jose Mourinho’s men, the Blues will be starting to think about next season.
Although Roman Abramovich and the powers that be at Stamford Bridge will be delighted to be England’s top team once more, the Champions League trophy remains the end goal of the West London club.
As such, a number of new faces to make Chelsea even more of a rounded side can be expected this summer, with no shortage of money to spend.
The Blues are also very likely to part company with a number of players, especially given the fact that they have a large squad with lots of stars out on loan.
Although it is natural that fringe players or youngsters could leave Stamford Bridge, it may well be time for the Blues to weigh up the contributions of some of the regular first-teamers too.
One man that has suffered a dramatic dip in form and whose future has been mentioned as a point of contention in the press is Oscar.
The Brazil international’s ability is not in question, as he has shown over the years that he possesses a fabulous array of passing, vision and an eye for goal.
But, in recent months, these prodigious virtues have not been in display very often.
For Chelsea to get the best from the squad at Mourinho’s disposal, fielding a starting XI without Oscar in it could well be the way forward.
Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic’s pairing in the centre of the side’s midfield initially looked like a match made in heaven in the early days of the season – but it remains to be seen if it still is.
The Spaniard in particular has not been as impressive or effective since the turn of the year, with Premier League opposition recognising him as the Blues’ main creative force and closing him down as a result.
The former Barcelona midfielder has seemingly been bogged down in midfield tussles more often than in dangerous front-foot positions, which is not good for Chelsea’s ambitions of playing attacking football.
Fielding Matic along with another central midfielder, potentially Kurt Zouma or a new summer addition, would free Fabregas up to commandeer the number ten role.
This would afford the Spaniard the opportunity to link-up with compatriot Diego Costa in the final third, while also removing the defensive responsibilities from his game that have added to the apparent recent fatigue.
If this move was to happen, Oscar would be forced to play in a wider area or not at all, in a scenario that would not be overly appealing to the Brazilian.
Juan Mata, despite all his attributes and ability, was forced out of the West London club due to falling down the pecking order and it could well be that Oscar suffers the same fate.
With Juventus reportedly interested in the Chelsea number ten this summer, Mourinho should think strategically and give careful consideration to selling the South American star for the good of the team.