Whatever system Jose Mourinho decides to use at Chelsea next season, the key players are likely to be those who line-up just behind the striker in attacking midfield positions.
Chelsea have an embarrassment of riches in this area, with Juan Mata and Eden Hazard both making the short-list for PFA Player of the Year, Oscar amongst the most exciting young players in Europe and Andre Schurrle and Kevin De Bruyne arriving on the back of wonderful seasons in Germany.
Behind those five Chelsea also have Victor Moses and Marko Marin to call on if required, although those two players might be wondering exactly how they are going to get on the pitch next season.
Mata and Hazard are likely to be the leaders in the Chelsea pack at the start of the season, but by the end of the year, there is every chance that Oscar will have surpassed his illustrious team-mates.
The Brazilian is a constant joy to watch, and next year he will not only be a vital player for Chelsea, he is one of the most important men in a Brazil team desperate for success at the World Cup.
Last season Oscar picked up four league goals and five assists, it is also worth noting he scored five times in the group stages of the Champions League, with only five players scoring more in the whole tournament.
He did all this in his debut season at Stamford Bridge, and he is still only 21. With a year under his belt at Chelsea, Oscar will undoubtedly improve further, and the potential he has already shown is frightening.
Even in the star-studded Chelsea line-up, it is Oscar who could well be the key to success in Jose Mourinho’s first season back at Stamford Bridge. Hazard will also improve after his excellent debut season, Mata will be as brilliant as ever and Schurrle and De Bruyne will make an impact in their first year in the Premier League, but do not be surprised if all of them end up in the shadow of Oscar, who is on his way to the very top at Chelsea.
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