HERE’S A LOOK AT HIM:
An agreement between the clubs that may happen in the next few days. Tottenham made an offer, but he should accept Chelsea’s offer as there is more exposure there. Giuliano Bertolucci (another agent who represents the player) will travel to England to finalise the remaining details.
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail highlights the impact that Oscar could have at the club—particularly in light of the Blues’ success and criticisms from last season.
Chelsea came in for criticism for the way they won the Champions League with an obdurate defensive style. However, the signing of Oscar is another bold statement of intent from Abramovich as he strives to make Chelsea a more fluid, attacking team in the mould of Barcelona. Abramovich believes if manager Roberto Di Matteo can channel that flair alongside the defensive grit the squad showed to win the Champions League, then Chelsea will be well placed to mount more serious challenges on domestic and European honors.
The 20-year-old is touted as one of the hottest prospects to come out of Brazilian football in several years after he netted a stunning hat trick in the Under-20 FIFA World Cup last year. In his short career, he has also won 6 international caps and two state titles and will certainly be a player to watch in the English Premier League next season. The 20-year-old will travel to London this summer for the Olympic Games and, it would appear, will make the city his home following the conclusion of the competition. Physical:Oscar stands at 5’10” and approximately 150 lbs. He’s not strong or much pacey, but he’s certainly agile and he’s got a good amount of stamina in his frame. When on the pitch, you’ll see him running all over the pitch and he won’t look tired even though he’s only 20. Sometimes it’s worrisome, as this might not be visible and he could stay too long on the pitch increasing chances of picking up injuries. But work rate mostly brings good things.
Even though Oscar had a debacle a few months ago with his former club São Paulo regarding his contract and the decision over his resigning, the youngster is far from a troublemaker. So far, I haven’t read any reports over bad relationship to players, coaches or anyone but the team São Paulo. As for personality, he’s not a “lights out” type of guy like Neymar, or someone as timid as Rivaldo and Lucas Moura. He seems to be pretty mature considering he’s only 20 years old.
This is where Oscar truly shines. His refined passing has been standout since he played at Brazil’s youth NT when he was in São Paulo. The league’s physicality made it harder to adapt when he was in São Paulo’s main squad, but soon Muricy found a way for him to let his superior technique emerge. He’s not a highlight dribbler, but he’ll look for the short ones just to take the ball out of a tackler’s range. His finishing is fine considering he’s not a poacher, and his heading is surprisingly good, as well as his positioning. But what sets Oscar apart is his game vision. He is known to be capable of setting up great balls for his teammates over at Internacional. His through balls are a wonder to watch, and Leandro Damião had to thank Oscar for having the best year of his career.
Movement and Positions:
Oscar, as a team worker, doesn’t shy away from tackles. Even though he’s got a habit of flopping on the ground when he started his career, this aspect of his game seems to be gone. In Brazil’s most recent games, Oscar was one of the best players in Mano’s press scheme, setting up many chances by balls won by him high at the pitch. In those same games, you could find him all over the field, but mostly running down the center and right lanes. This is highly influenced by the positions he’s capable of playing so far: MC/AMC and AMR. Being right footed and with a good crossing capability, he could come as a good winger, but seeing that the newest trend is employing inverted wingers, cutting inside wouldn’t be enough. One of his most evident characteristics is dropping back to work the ball when the game isn’t fluid. This could or could not mean he’s capable of employing a deeper role in his career. Pirlo and Modric transitioned well into it; both started as AMC and ended up as DM/MC. And Chelsea plans might be the same. He is especially good at striking the ball with the outside of his foot, can drift off players in an instant and has an innate understanding of when he’s in space for shots from long range.
Oscar has been compared to Kaka for his prowess as a centrally-stationed playmaker, but he has also shown a poacher’s ability to arrive in the box at the right time. He made step up to the full Brazil side last year and scored his first goal for la selecao in their friendly against Argentina in June. Oscar made his name as an international prospect at the 2011 U-20 World Cup, scoring a hat-trick in the final which earned him inevitable comparisons to Geoff Hurst. Not least because there was an element of fortune to his third goal, which won his team the tournament.
- Blues Agree £25m Deal To Sign Brazilian Playmaker Oscar (football-talk.co.uk)
- Chelsea bid for Oscar (skysports.com)
- Chelsea look to have beaten Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham Hotspur in race for Brazilian prodigy Oscar (telegraph.co.uk)
- Chelsea Wins Race to Sign Brazil Playmaker Oscar: Soccer Roundup – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Video: Spurs targets Oscar and Damiao on target for Internacional (mirror.co.uk)