Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior (Estimated Cost £18m-£25m)
20 years old: Right-footed attacking midfielder/winger
Strengths: Oscar is a terrific passer both short and long range. His vision is well above average and his touch is great. Decent strength for a player of his size. Best attributes are dribbling and ball control; he also has a quick first step and terrific movement on the ball. Willing to drop deep for the ball and loves to maintain possession. Solid assists ratio.
Weaknesses: Weak foot is just average and has room to improve. Not the best conditioned player, he will get tired in longer games. Doesn’t track back a lot, prefers to stay in the attacking part of the pitch. His finishing isn’t the best but it’s solid enough.
Need to knows: Oscar scored a hat trick in the finals of the 2011 U20 World Cup to give Brazil a 3-2 win. His first full cap was in 2011 and he has six total including one goal. He played in the most recent friendly against the US. He will play in the upcoming Olympics most likely as Brazil’s #10. He was hidden by Internacional from the big clubs in Europe when he was younger because they were aware of his potential. Barcelona and Madrid showed interest with the most interest coming from AVB and Spurs. He played on Sao Paulo’s academy with current Chelsea Youth Star Lucas Piazon.
Overall: (B+) On paper Oscar is an A but one has to wonder if Chelsea overpaid for him. Spurs were looking at an £11m bid for him and it’s possible that Chelsea paid double that amount. Oscar is well established in Brazil but he will have to go through the same learning curve as Piazon did. That includes tracking back and adapting to a more physical style of play. The difference is that Oscar is a pass-first type of player and will look to distribute to Hazard and Torres rather than score. He fits into the system RdM and Abramovich are trying to build perfectly. His potential is high but seemingly limited. Chelsea scored a goal with this purchase so long as they kept it under £20m.