Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have made a superb comeback in the Premier League early this season picking up three back to back victories after a poor run of form against Arsenal and Liverpool last month. They are now in the middle of a winning streak in the league and will hope that the new 3-man system can take them a long way this season. However, the manager does not seem too happy with his squad yet and is ready to make a few changes in January. One such change that the fans of the club might see is Brazil midfielder Oscar moving away from the club. The 25-year old started the season in fine form but has now lost his place in the starting XI. It is reported that Italian giants Juventus are ready to swoop for him in January but is that the right move for Chelsea? Can Conte afford to let him go?
Since the start of the month, Oscar has managed to find just 9 minutes of football at the Bridge and will be increasingly frustrated with his options in London. At 25, he is still potentially a world class midfielder who can get into most top sides in Europe and with Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri reportedly keen on bringing in a new playmaker due to the poor form of summer signing Miralem Pjanic, Oscar might have a better chance to prove himself in Turin.
But his role at Chelsea is not something that Conte can ignore. Having used a 3-4-3 formation recently, Conte has used the likes of N Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic in a midfield role while Willian and Hazard are first choice attackers as a part of the front three. This has left Oscar with no place in the starting XI, reducing him to appearances from the bench. However, with not too many options in the attacking midfield area, Conte might be doing a mistake if he lets the Brazilian go without properly replacing him. Having stayed at the club for more than 4 years now, Oscar is an integral part of the squad at the club and is one that cannot be easily replaced.
He is not a player who will change the complexion of the game within minutes, but his discipline, patience and perseverance along with his technique and skill on the ball make him a useful player for Chelsea. Oscar though is no more first choice for Conte in the league, he may still be an option to start games for the side in the domestic cups. With no European football, Conte will be serious about the domestic competitions and he will need someone of Oscar’s calibre to get them through the competitions.
Conte might have an eye on a top class attacker to add to his squad but with not too much quality available in the January transfer market, Conte is better off keeping the Brazilian at the club till the end of the season at least. AC Milan is also another club interested in his signature but Conte will need the 25-year old to provide cover for his first team players and also help his side when they need to shake things up. So it might not be wise for Chelsea to let go of the Brazilian in January.
Do you think Chelsea should let Oscar leave in January?