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He is kind of in a bad situation where he is on one of the few teams were he won't be able to play his favourite position. I don't think we can keep playing him on the right wing as a regular thing, so adapting him to more of a CM, may be the best way to get him into the first 11. It may not utilise all his skills, but Mata, is only 24 and still getting better and is just something else so i can't see him really getting that spot of him any time soon. Could play CM, then AM when Mata is rested or whatever.

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In 2012 I predicted he would become a better player than Eden Hazard. With the help of my friends and family I have since been able to overcome my crack addiction

Hazard is Hazard, Oscar is Oscar and Mata is Mata.

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I agree with you.

If we were to play a 4-3-3 he would maybe be able to fit in better. It would be such a shame not to have Oscar in the starting xl. I love him as a player and he is too good to be on the bench - with time he is going to be worldclass so we just have to play him imo

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May as well try and play him in a deeper role. That way he can get consistent game time and should be able to do a great job for us, as realistically it is unlikely he is gonna be our first choice AM. And i think his skills are more suited to playing at CM rather than wide on the right.

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May as well try and play him in a deeper role. That way he can get consistent game time and should be able to do a great job for us, as realistically it is unlikely he is gonna be our first choice AM. And i think his skills are more suited to playing at CM rather than wide on the right.

And it's wired cuz that's exactly what I envisioned of him when he first arrived (playing in CM) It was a shame for him really but he didn't pout about it, and just got on with it and still contributed greatly,, props to him.

But next season playing in the pivot is a must.

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And it's wired cuz that's exactly what I envisioned of him when he first arrived (playing in CM) It was a shame for him really but he didn't pout about it, and just got on with it and still contributed greatly,, props to him.

But next season playing in the pivot is a must.

Yep, definitely if we don't buy anyone to go in there. Modric coming in, would be a bit of an awkward situation, in that sense as we couldn't play them together, but if we were to buy someone like de rossi, or lars bender then, Oscar could really thrive alongside them.

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Yep, definitely if we don't buy anyone to go in there. Modric coming in, would be a bit of an awkward situation, in that sense as we couldn't play them together, but if we were to buy someone like de rossi, or lars bender then, Oscar could really thrive alongside them.

Amen. And that problem you mentioned goes to show how difficult this team is configure out personel wise. Some people are strict CAMs, others are CAMs being played out wide, B2B mids being played in pivots when really a 433 would suit them best.

It is a major headache putting forward not only the best XI but getting the right back-ups (in the transfer market) for certain positions and then also meshing in the upcoming talents such as the Lukaku's, KDB's, Ake's, Romeu(?), Josh, etc.

our team really is hella hard to put together, its like an ultimate jig-saw puzzle.

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Amen. And that problem you mentioned goes to show how difficult this team is configure out personel wise. Some people are strict CAMs, others are CAMs being played out wide, B2B mids being played in pivots when really a 433 would suit them best.

It is a major headache putting forward not only the best XI but getting the right back-ups (in the transfer market) for certain positions and then also meshing in the upcoming talents such as the Lukaku's, KDB's, Ake's, Romeu(?), Josh, etc.

our team really is hella hard to put together, its like an ultimate jig-saw puzzle.

I think the problem started when we signed oscar. I really like him but not so sure what was the main reason begind his signing. Was he signed to play as cm and it turned he is not really a cm. Or he was signed to back up mata or our board really envision mazacar
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No, the problem is that we play Lampard, Mikel and Ramires together. You can only have one out of those three at a time in the midfield because they struggle to pass and to link the defense with the attack. It is really that simple. Mikel has been kept for only god knows why. Lampard has been earning the seniority and loyalty paycheck but still shouldn't be starting, let alone getting so many minutes. Ramires I like the most out of the three. All this is doing is taking a better player in Oscar out of his preferred position.

It will be interesting to see what Mourinho does. Will he put an end to this mediocrity that we've had to suffer in midfield these last few years ?

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No, the problem is that we play Lampard, Mikel and Ramires together. You can only have one out of those three at a time in the midfield because they struggle to pass and to link the defense with the attack. It is really that simple. Mikel has been kept for only god knows why. Lampard has been earning the seniority and loyalty paycheck but still shouldn't be starting, let alone getting so many minutes. Ramires I like the most out of the three. All this is doing is taking a better player in Oscar out of his preferred position.

It will be interesting to see what Mourinho does. Will he put an end to this mediocrity that we've had to suffer in midfield these last few years ?

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No, the problem is that we play Lampard, Mikel and Ramires together. You can only have one out of those three at a time in the midfield because they struggle to pass and to link the defense with the attack. It is really that simple. Mikel has been kept for only god knows why. Lampard has been earning the seniority and loyalty paycheck but still shouldn't be starting, let alone getting so many minutes. Ramires I like the most out of the three. All this is doing is taking a better player in Oscar out of his preferred position.

It will be interesting to see what Mourinho does. Will he put an end to this mediocrity that we've had to suffer in midfield these last few years ?

I think we need a new DM/CM to play an effective 3-man midfield.

---------------------Cech--------------------

Azpi - Terry/Branna - Luiz/Cahill - Cole

Rambo -- new DM/CM---Oscar

---Hazard---------Mata

Lukaku/Torres/someone else

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I think we need a new DM/CM to play an effective 3-man midfield.

---------------------Cech--------------------

Azpi - Terry/Branna - Luiz/Cahill - Cole

Rambo -- new DM/CM---Oscar

---Hazard---------Mata

Lukaku/Torres/someone else

That would be good.

I'd like to play Mata right behind Hazard, new striker and Schurrle. Behind Mata I'd have Oscar + someone like Modric (preferred) or De Rossi(great as well). Oscar is very good defensively imo and you don't need a specialist DM just have everyone press like Dortmund does.

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Mata is best as a number 10 but I don't see why he can't play on the wings as an inside forward. He played on the wings for Valencia his whole career. He'll expose that flank defensively but that's when the 3 man midfield helps out where you play Ramires whichever side Mata is on so he can cover for him.

Cech

Azpi - Ivan - Luiz - Cole

DM

Ramires - Oscar

Mata - Lukaku - Hazard

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Oscar was a bit of a weird signing tbh, considering the formation we have been trying to adapt to.

Don't think he will start as much next season.

He'd leave in a heartbeat.

There is no way, aside from form, that a player like him would sit on the bench.

If we wanted a squad player to run on the wings, well that's Moses (and we thought Marin), not Oscar.

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Kick me, but to me, Oscar has not shown why he should be regular starter. He's had great moments and he definitely has the potential to become world class, but his performances - especialy in the league - were not more than average. He mainly benefited from Moses drop of form after the African Cup, Hazard's 3 match ban and Marin being a complete flop (and having injury problems as well). To be fair, it's his first season in England (mostly not playing in his favored position) and it was hard to shine alongside your two magicians in the attacking three.

Hatestorm approaching... :ph34r:

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Kick me, but to me, Oscar has not shown why he should be regular starter. He's had great moments and he definitely has the potential to become world class, but his performances - especialy in the league - were not more than average. He mainly benefited from Moses drop of form after the African Cup, Hazard's 3 match ban and Marin being a complete flop (and having injury problems as well). To be fair, it's his first season in England (mostly not playing in his favored position) and it was hard to shine alongside your two magicians in the attacking three.

Hatestorm approaching... :ph34r:

He did well playing in a central position.

Unfortunately for Oscar, his favourite position is taken up by our best player...and thus, he was told to play in the wide areas..which limited his effectiveness.

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http://plainsofalmeria.co.uk/2013/05/30/oscar-the-conductor/

An article about Oscar possibly playing the deep lying playmaker role for us in the future.

This is why you are the master and a man one has to respect! Great article and I have said from day one that I see him playing in the pivot.. With a strong DM(witsel/de rossi/...) he can control the game in our own have and still give us a lot when attacking and mata can be our playmaker up front.. I cant get any better if he can get used to the deep lying playmaker and I also think he HAS to play that position because our best player is mata and he is our CAM and oscar is too good to be a sub!
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