Kevin De Bruyne vs Oscar: were Chelsea right to sell the Belgian?

The former Chelsea man has proved to be a big hit in the Bundesliga, bringing into question whether Jose Mourinho should have sold him.

One of the more surprising transfers of last season was Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea to Wolfsburg.

The Belgian youngster had failed to get much game time at Stamford Bridge during Jose Mourinho’s first season back in England, and that arguably meant that the Portuguese boss failed to spot his ability.

Instead the move to the Bundesliga has proved a prosperous one for De Bruyne, as the exposure to first team football and European experiences within the Europa League has seen his career take off.

He is now regarded as one of the hottest properties in world football, and has the attention of a number of big clubs if rumours are to be believed.

With that in mind, we decided to compare De Bruyne with current Chelsea man Oscar to see if the Blues were wrong to sell the Belgian after all.

First and foremost, we’ll be using Squawka for these stats, and they show that the Brazilian is far behind De Bruyne in almost all categories. In the overall total score column, the former is a long way behind, with a score of 462 compared to De Bruyne’s 780.

Elsewhere, the Belgian leads in the attacking score column, with 931 compared to Oscar’s 523, while he also has 16 assists compared to seven. He has also managed to create an impressive 80 chances, compared to Oscar’s 33. His goal tally is also better, with nine goals so far this campaign, while Oscar has just six.

In the passing categories, though, Oscar makes up ground, having played more successful passes than De Bruyne and also ranking higher in the possession score as well. The one place he does fall behind is the key passes category, with the Belgian far ahead there.

So then, on these stats, it seems that Mourinho did indeed make a mistake in keeping Oscar and selling De Bruyne, although it can be argued he wouldn’t be this good had he not left in the first place. Either way, Wolfsburg will be pleased and Chelsea fans will be left wondering what might have been.

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