His name is Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior and the WAGNH community have responded about what they liked and disliked about the baby-faced assassin.
What you loved:
- Complete Player - He can attack, he can defend, he can tackle, he can pass, he can score, he can play on the wings, he has also shown he is capable of being the main man of the team while he has also shown he is capable of doing the dirty work. It's a brilliant facet of his game and lacking in a lot of attacking midfielders nowadays.
- Potential - A few of you felt he had the highest ceiling among all Chelsea players. His potential is indeed frightening given his age is just 22 and he'll get better and better. He and Hazard can strike a world-class partnership.
- Intelligence - He has a footballing brain. Brilliant awareness of space, knows when to raise or slow down the tempo, when to press, where to position himself and where to time his runs. His tactical awareness and movement off the ball is probably the best in the team. It's an underrated aspect of his game.
- Defensive Ability - He can hold off midfielders (stronger than he looks), keep the ball and press the opposition, tackle and cut off passing lanes. As we transition to a high-press philosophy, Oscar is crucial to our future and this is due to his supreme defensive ability off the ball.
- Workrate and Endurance - He has played a lot of games without any real break and still was his brilliant running, pressing others self. However, his stamina seems to have reached a limit and now he does need a break.
- Technique - Wonderful ability on the ball. He can shield the ball well, is a good passer of the ball, can strike the ball well while he also has shown his Brazilian side with fancy tricks, flicks and ability to beat his man.
- Performance against Juventus - Got the better of Pirlo and scored two goals (including the goal of the season) in his first start for Chelsea.
Best comment goes to eternalblue:
In the greater scheme of things as we move towards fluid systems with interchangeable players, Oscar's intelligence and adaptability will see him become one of the most exciting players. As teams start to depend from up front, players like Oscar will be key. His dribbling is excellent, he can retain the ball under pressure, relishes physical challenges and helps defend proactively. Winning the ball high up has never been more important than now as we move towards a more high pressing transitional game from slow methodical passing game. His Brazilian nature is always apparent with genius flicks, linkup and smart finishing. His crossing and cutbacks are always quality and he is always available either to pick up the ball deep and carry it forward or to retain possession when under pressure. He is relishing the pressure of being a key player in a Brazil squad which is under immense scrutiny and has shown that he can come up with the goods. Of all our AMs, he shows an awareness of space in the midfield which is unparalleled. Oscar on song is a joy to watch and he can score more goals by occupying spaces vacated by clever movement from a competent striker unlike the statuesque Torres. Overall, I am glad that we have Oscar and are building our team around him.
What you loathed:
- Consistency - In each of his two seasons for Chelsea, Oscar has tailed off in the second half. While under Rafa Benitez it was more to do with tactics, it was squarely his fault as his form was horrible just after Mourinho made Mata expendable.
- Goals and Assists - For all his defensive and all-round contributions, his goals and assists count is still not up to the mark for an AM.
- Not a Number 10 - Many of you felt he is much better in a 4-3-3 and is not a number 10. Tim disagrees though.
- Problems against a Parked Bus - You believed that he (like our squad) struggles against a parked bus while Mata usually scored/assisted breakthrough goals against such teams.
- Vision and Decision Making - He seems the move late at times and doesn't pick the correct pass. Also, his vision (through balls, long passes) isn't as good yet as Mata, Hazard.
Best comment goes to BigL90:
My main criticisms of Oscar would be directly related to the man whom he replaced, Mata. While Oscar does have creative capabilities, they mostly show when he's involved in a dynamic attack of a defense. Because Chelsea will so often be facing lesser teams who will sit in, we often find ourselves attacking a rather static, and solid defense; the type of defense against whom we struggled mightily this season without the skills of our former number 10. If we are to find ourselves dominating the EPL once again, this is an aspect of his game upon which Oscar must improve. I also don't believe that Oscar is a true number 10 playmaking type. I believe he is better utilized slightly deeper where is work rate and ability to run at deep lying midfielders and defenders can be better realized. This being said, Oscar's performances at this World Cup have been as impressive as any other midfielder I have seen, and his relationship with Neymar, who plays in a similar vein to Hazard, has been nothing less than stellar; this obviously bodes well for this upcoming season. Despite his relatively poor season, I personally believe that the future is bright at Chelsea Football Club, and I believe Oscar is one of the reasons for that.
Conclusion: Oscar is one of the finest talents in Chelsea. He has frightening potential, incredible intelligence and defensive ability, good stamina along with being brilliant on the ball. His consistency, lack of goals/assists are holding him back. He also needs to be rested and not overworked at such a young age. The community is divided however on whether he fits better as a number 10 or in a midfield three.
Regarding consistency, Hazardous Azpi has probably given the best insight into this:
The weird thing is Oscar has the same problem Hazard gets, yet Hazard seems to get away with it because he's a flashier player. Both these players' problems is consistency. [...] But that's alright. They're young. To use a comparison in development (but not in talent) recall Cristiano Ronaldo pre-2006 with Man United. He had talent, but he could be inconsistent, rash and sometimes a bit too flashy at the detriment of efficiency.
I believe when Oscar develops consistency and efficiency he will be an excellent player. He needs time. And during that time, a few more experienced heads to lead will be needed. In the end I hope to have a constant 8/10 Oscar than one who gives the occasional 9/10 games mixed with a number 6/10 performances.
In the poll, Oscar's average rating turns out to be 7.5. In WAGNH's community ratings, Oscar was rated 6.7.
We will use a poll now to decide the next player voted. If it's a tie, it's my choice whoever is chosen. If you want someone else, mention in the comments (and vote the option "Anyone else" so I can see how many of you want a different player - and if someone has mentioned the name of the player in a comment you want then rec his comment).
Also, this was probably the toughest evaluation till now - pretty hard to pick the points. If you feel that I gave a point lower priority than it deserved or missed out anything, do tell in the comments.
Branislav Ivanovic is the next to be evaluated. Click here to see his initial thread and evaluate him.