Highly rated Brazilian Oscar to fill void left by Lampard after retirement
Veteran Midfielder Frank Lampard will undoubtedly leave a gap in the Chelsea side when he finally hangs his boots up at Stamford Bridge.
I expect that once he officially announces his retirement and leaves the game, that there will be a lot of questions asked about the person who will be expected to fill the void left by the England midfielder.
I believe Chelsea already have a midfielder capable of filling the void at Stamford Bridge in Oscar and any ‘replacements’ brought in will have to be something extra special to displace the 22-year-old Brazilian international.
Frank Lampard has spoken very highly of the young midfielder and recently gave him a glowing review in the game against Cardiff where he came off the bench to wow the Chelsea fans:
‘’Oscar came on and added his energy and quality on the ball. We are looking to step up from half-time though
‘’I did feel when we got the second goal we would go on with it and we did
‘’we want to stay at the top of the league and we won’t want to lose ground. It’s difficult but we have got a big squad here’’
The praise for the midfielder isn’t unwarranted, and his potential to go on and eventually replace Lampard isn’t inconceivable
Oscar vs Lampard Comparison
Early Years Comparison – Both players made their first team debut at the raw age of 17 and both players had clear potential to go on and be great, great players.
Lampard has made his reputation as the best goalscoring midfielder the Premier League has ever seen and rightly so.
Oscar has recently been winning plaudits for his ability to hit the back of the net on occasions which fans hope lead on to something more ‘regular’
So, how does Lampard’s first 6 years in the game compare to Oscars, in terms of goalscoring ability?
Well, the easy answer is at the same point in their careers they both players had the SAME amount of goals, the only difference is Oscar has participated 46 games less than the England midfielder leaving him with a much better goal to game ratio.
This is obviously encouraging to the Chelsea supporters who have been sweating on the retirement of their key players for a couple of years now, with no obvious replacements lined up.
A look at this season’s comparison also brings up some interesting points.
This season’s comparison:
Oscar – 7(2)
Lampard – 7 (2)
Oscar – 4 goals
Lampard – 1 goal
Oscar – 0 assists
Lampard – 2 assists
Shots per game
Oscar - 2.6 shots per game
Lampard - 1.8 shots per game
Oscar – 84%
Lampard - 84.6%
Key passes per game
Oscar – 1.3
Lampard – 1.3
Avg passes per game
Oscar – 40.9
Lampard – 49.9
The comparison shows the similarities between the two men and their style of play. The interesting and most encouraging is Oscar taking the mantel off Lampard for ‘shots per game’ and that shows in the number of goals. It would be better to see the number of key passes and assists go up for the Brazilian but at such a young age he still has years to grow.
Do you think Oscar can be the successor the Lampard legacy or do they need to bring someone new in?
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