Let me start this piece with a stat. In EPL , out of 22 games played by Chelsea, Mata featured in 13 games. In the same number of matches last season, Juan featured 20 times for us.
In the UCL, Mata featured mere twice out of 6 matches played by the club.
Stats look weird. Don’t they? Looks weirder when the above are for the best player of team for 2 years in a row. To add to this misery, he was left out of the key games against Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and United twice. (Not considering what result would’ve been).
Jose is clearly not interested in playing Mata on a regular basis. Even when he gets a chance to play, he is either played on the wings or chosen when Oscar is unavailable. The best reason for this situation is Oscar’s better work rate. Oscar tracks back for the ball to help the team in defending while on the other hand, Juan isn’t good with that. Jose asked Mata to improve on that and he did . But still Oscar’s work rate is better. The stat are neither helping the Spaniard’s cause.
Former Blue Micheal Ballack on this situation said – “I can’t understand why Mourinho is having trouble to get his best from his forwards and I think not playing Mata is a mistake.”
Santi Cazorla ; the Gunners midfielder and National team mate of Mata said- “If he (Mata) does not play he will want to leave Chelsea, this is obvious because it is a World Cup year,”
“It’s weird because Juan Mata does not play [but] he has proved his worth to Chelsea and to see him on the bench is weird. He should ask Mourinho to know why he does not trust him.”
Perhaps, Ballack and Cazorla are right.
Mata was a key component in the major European success the club has ever had in the history; the UCL and the Europa League triumph.
But, what Jose has been doing with Mata seems unjust. Everyone knows Mata’s best position is the no.10 and even though he was a winger when he was bought, over the time he has changed his way of playing. Deploying him on the wings when he already lacks pace and having the likes of Willian and Schurrle to the squad never helped Juan’s cause. Even though the results have been in favor of Chelsea whether he has played or not.
There have been many reports in the past 48 hours linking Mata to Manchester United .According to them, By the deadline day of this transfer window, Mata to United will be done as Chelsea are willing to sell Mata . Mourinho has claimed he wants Mata to stay, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of the player leaving if he demanded to go.
A pic of how Mata has been in comparison to the United players- (PC-Telegraph)
United have denied all the speculations. How Mata would fit into United XI in the presence of a strong figure like Rooney is also a question to be asked.
On the other hand, bookies support the rumor of Mata exiting Stamford Bridge by the deadline day. The bet started as 25/1 on the New Year’s day, 11/2 chance at the beginning of week but today its 4/7.
This has led to Sky Bet opening a stay/go market and it’s 8/15 that he will leave before the end of the current window and 11/8 that he stays.
Marca have reported that Mata’s representatives have recently flown to London to discuss of a potential away move. The report also said that the Chelsea’s initial position on the player is clear: either he is sold to another club in the winter transfer market or he will have to see out his remaining contract of two and a half seasons . There are no mid-ground alternatives, like a possible loan move to a club until the end of the season or an exchange deal involving another player.
Mata’s representatives have requested the club of letting Juan leave. There have been offers for Mata from the Italian and German clubs to sign Mata.
Its in the best interest of Mata to leave the club or even force a move out of the club as this is a World Cup year and apart from that, Mata is just too good to be benched. Plus it would also be very profitable for the club any bid near or above 30Million is received.
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