Chelsea may have missed out on signing Luka Modric during the summer in an attempt to inject some creativity into their midfield, but they certainly seem to have uncovered a man capable of filling that void with Juan Mata. The Spaniard has adjusted to life at Stamford Bridge almost immediately and has been the spark in Chelsea’s midfield of late. However, the question that remains is whether the No. 10 has what it takes to become a star for the London outfit in seasons to come. And from what we have seen so far, it does seem likely.
After the game against Swansea which ended 4-1 in favour of the Blues, all attention was once again on Fernando Torres, who opened the scoring for Chelsea and then got himself sent off in a reckless and rather unnecessary challenge. However by avoiding the temptation to browbeat the No. 9 yet again, we can actually focus on positive performances from some of the other players. For instance not much mention was directed at the opening Chelsea goal, which was set up by Mata at a time when the Blues were rather sluggish in their build up play. The Spanish winger did superbly well to pick out Torres and at the moment looks the only player with that bit of vision which can turn the game around for the London club.
It is not to take anything away from the other Chelsea players, but just as Fernando Torres said in an interview on international duty a few weeks back; Mata offers a lot more pace to the squad and manages to up the tempo during a match, which to be honest has been lacking for the London club so far this season. It is a reason why the talented winger has started almost all of Chelsea’s games as well.
Since his move Juan has linked up exceedingly well with Torres and could be one of the main reasons why Fernando is beginning to look more like his usual self. Mata has also managed to score two goals for the Blues so far this season and has delivered an array of impressive performances in doing so. With a wicked left foot, the former Valencia man is also a danger from set pieces and boasts the pace and creativity to lift the Stamford Bridge outfit and more importantly their misfiring striker, Fernando Torres.
With the way Juan is playing at the moment, it is of no doubt why he has captured a starting place in the side. But an even bolder contemplation is whether or not his creativity and vision on the field have saved the Blues around £40m in bidding for Luka Modric, who has been offered an increase in wages by Tottenham Hotspur in order to ward off potential suitors in the future. It is a difficult question to answer, especially considering both players occupy different positions on the field. But it will be interesting to note whether the Blues pursue Modric again in the future.
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