Why Oscar Would Suit The 2-Man Pivot

At the moment we have a very good team. A striker who is scoring goals, dangerous creative players in behind the frontman, a strong defensive midfielder, a solid back four and a top class goalkeeper. But there is one thing missing in this team that would take us to another level. That is a deep creative midfielder. The two best teams in Europe at the moment, Real Madrid and Barcelona, both have deep creative midfielders in Xavi and Xabi Alonso. This is what sets them apart from other teams. If you are up against a watertight defence that will not allow cute passes in and around the box there is always someone like Alonso or Xavi to create a dangerous attack from deeper in midfield pulling the strings and expanding the play therefore creating a new dimension to the attack creating unpredictability. At Chelsea we have Mikel who is our rock in midfield who will sit just in front of the backline and do all the dirty work but in the 2-man pivot we have no creativity. Lampard sometimes offers creativity but he is too slow on the ball and always gets shut down. Ramires is the opposite as he offers pace but no real creativity.

There is one man who has the best of those two and his name is Oscar. Here are some reasons why Oscar would be a great fit for the Deep Creative Midfield role:

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– Build

At 6 ft tall Oscar is above average height. The only problem at the moment is that he has a very light frame but that is easier to change than his height. If he hits up the gym a bit more he could develop a build that is perfect for the deep midfield position. It means he is still agile and electric on the ball while being able to shrug off opponents.
– Shot
As we saw in the Juventus game Oscar has a brilliant shot on him. In Brazil he was known for scoring terrific goals from long range. Because he has this brilliant shot he offers another avenue to goal. Instead of continuously trying to pass our way to goal. Oscar can catch the defence out by taking long shots and because he is so accurate in his shooting, he will almost always score or force the keeper to make a save
– Pass
Oscar has a deadly accurate pass we all know that. His passes rarely go astray. A trait a deep creative midfielder needs to have is a reliable pass because if they give up possession cheaply they are in a bad situation but Oscar has a dependable pass that we can trust when placed under extreme pressure.
Conclusion: Oscar may be great in the three in behind the stiker but he could be just as good in the deeper creative role. He could eventually be the world’s best in that postion. If there is one complaint about three players in behind Torres is that they don’t really provide width. If Oscar moves to deep midfield someone who plays more on the wings can come into the side while Oscar moves into Deep Midfield. It will take some time for Oscar to adapt to the new position but with Mikel there to mop up his mistakes he will form great progress towards making the Deep Creative Midfield position his own.
Jonathan
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10 Comments
  1. OscarToBeHoldingMid says

    yes. i've always thought of that. so the 3 will be Hazard, Mata and Moses instead. apart from that, Moses can run back to strengthen the defense since he has the speed and size to help an attacking side like us. last but not least, there will even be room for Marin to come in do his magic. Oscar can actually defend well and he's definitely capable of playing in the holding midfield role if given a chance 😀

  2. OscarToBeHoldingMid says

    yes. i've always thought of that. so the 3 will be Hazard, Mata and Moses instead. apart from that, Moses can run back to strengthen the defense since he has the speed and size to help an attacking side like us. last but not least, there will even be room for Marin to come in do his magic. Oscar can actually defend well and he's definitely capable of playing in the holding midfield role if given a chance 😀

  3. Anonymous says

    I don't agree with the concept. Not that it isn't a good idea, but the Hazard, Mata and Oscar combo has been superb recently bringing in football that Chelsea fans have been craving for the past decade and I for one wouldn't want to disrupt that.

  4. Anonymous says

    I don't agree with the concept. Not that it isn't a good idea, but the Hazard, Mata and Oscar combo has been superb recently bringing in football that Chelsea fans have been craving for the past decade and I for one wouldn't want to disrupt that.

  5. Anonymous says

    I do think that Oscar, for all these reasons, could be a brilliant Regista, but there are a couple of drawbacks.

    1) I don't want to sacrifice his exquisite through-balls from the Trequartista position, even though Marin, Mata and Hazard are very good at this. Personally I think Oscar the best of our attacking midfielders, and I wouldn't want that particular talent to go to waste.

    2) We actually aren't at all short of great, young deep-lying midfielders. First, we have Mikel and Ramires, who are both 25 and very good. They're probably our first-choice double pivot.
    Then there is Romeu and McEachran. They're even younger than Oscar, and crucially already know the double pivot position.
    Beyond them, there is Nat Chalobah and the precocious Charly Musonda. Both are making outstanding progress, and should begin to break into the first team in a few seasons. I wouldn't want to harm their development in any way.

    There is the glaring problem of Oscar's build, but as you said that can be sorted out by going to dinner with Frank Lampard.

    To conclude, I would be very cautious about switching Oscar from a Trequartista to a Regista. He might have all the attributes to excel, but we have plenty of other options that will become increasingly appealing over the coming seasons. For the moment, I'd rather leave Oscar where he is in the middle of the three behind Torres.

    It is very possible that Oscar will be the next Xavi, but I'd be equally happy if he plays his natural position as a Trequartista. I'd rather have David Luiz as a Regista.

  6. Anonymous says

    I do think that Oscar, for all these reasons, could be a brilliant Regista, but there are a couple of drawbacks.

    1) I don't want to sacrifice his exquisite through-balls from the Trequartista position, even though Marin, Mata and Hazard are very good at this. Personally I think Oscar the best of our attacking midfielders, and I wouldn't want that particular talent to go to waste.

    2) We actually aren't at all short of great, young deep-lying midfielders. First, we have Mikel and Ramires, who are both 25 and very good. They're probably our first-choice double pivot.
    Then there is Romeu and McEachran. They're even younger than Oscar, and crucially already know the double pivot position.
    Beyond them, there is Nat Chalobah and the precocious Charly Musonda. Both are making outstanding progress, and should begin to break into the first team in a few seasons. I wouldn't want to harm their development in any way.

    There is the glaring problem of Oscar's build, but as you said that can be sorted out by going to dinner with Frank Lampard.

    To conclude, I would be very cautious about switching Oscar from a Trequartista to a Regista. He might have all the attributes to excel, but we have plenty of other options that will become increasingly appealing over the coming seasons. For the moment, I'd rather leave Oscar where he is in the middle of the three behind Torres.

    It is very possible that Oscar will be the next Xavi, but I'd be equally happy if he plays his natural position as a Trequartista. I'd rather have David Luiz as a Regista.

  7. duyvuleo says

    Do you remember McEachran? I think he can play at man-2 pivot. He is playing that position at Boro. His frame is recently improving a lot. Chalobah also can. I really want to see a Chelsea-trained player in our first team. That will be exciting.

    For Oscar, RDM prefers him to play at No. 10 (his natural position). I think Oscar, Mata, Hazard can exchange their positions each other. That will make our opponents difficult to cope with. So, we should fix with three front men behind the striker: Mata-Hazard-Oscar (called MaZaCa :D).

  8. duyvuleo says

    Do you remember McEachran? I think he can play at man-2 pivot. He is playing that position at Boro. His frame is recently improving a lot. Chalobah also can. I really want to see a Chelsea-trained player in our first team. That will be exciting.

    For Oscar, RDM prefers him to play at No. 10 (his natural position). I think Oscar, Mata, Hazard can exchange their positions each other. That will make our opponents difficult to cope with. So, we should fix with three front men behind the striker: Mata-Hazard-Oscar (called MaZaCa :D).

  9. Anonymous says

    mata,oscar and hazard combination is superb and we shuld continue to play ramires and mikel as defensive midfielders because the team is going very well in kind of formation and set-up

  10. Anonymous says

    mata,oscar and hazard combination is superb and we shuld continue to play ramires and mikel as defensive midfielders because the team is going very well in kind of formation and set-up

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