Pat Nevin has been impressed by the form of Oscar over the last few weeks.
Brazilian international Oscar netted two goals in as many games over the past week, scoring the winner against Bolton in the Capital One Cup, before netting the opener against Aston Villa on Saturday.
After a number of weeks of faltering performances, it looks as if the 23-year-old is finally starting to kick-on with his season, and he will surely play a key part in the return of the Blues Champions League campaign on Tuesday night.
The West Londoners can take advantage in the group with a victory, with Sporting - arguably the biggest rivals in the group - only managing a draw against Maribor in their opening game, and although a number of players may be rested for the action, former Blues hero Pat Nevin has admitted that he would be surprised to see Oscar left out of the action.
Former Scottish international Nevin was a regular fixture at Stamford Bridge for five years during the 1980’s, cementing himself as a fans’ favourite as the club bounced around the top two division of English football. He was praised for his attacking ability, an ability that was rewarded with a number of caps for the Scotland national team, and an eventual move to Everton.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Nevin said of the Brazilian international: "A couple of goals in his last two games and arguably man-of-the-match performances in both. The confidence levels are through the roof, just look at the back flicks and skills he is producing right now on the back of his outstanding special awareness.”
The confidence levels are something that were missing during the second half of last season, when Oscar looked exhausted in every game he played. However, Nevin thinks he now understands why the young forward is starting to catalyse his season.
He added: "There is something more which is harder to put your finger on, but the best way I can describe it is very simple, he has a new spring in his step. He may have had a few injuries at various points last season, but I suspect it was just tiredness due to far too many games over a long period of games. By a long period I mean years, including too many for Brazil, particularly in the Confederations Cup and Olympics, when a young man of his tender years should have been given some breaks.
"What I am struggling to understand is why he is so strong and sprightly right now, after all there was the rigour and the psychological trauma of the World Cup in his own country. Maybe now that it is gone, a pressure has been released but it seems unlikely, because the problem looked so specifically physical. In the end it matters little because he looks to be back at his very best, in fact maybe even better because he looks more filled out without being exactly ‘bulked up’.