{Profile Posted 17/07/2012}

Date of Birth: - 9th September 1991

Nationality: - Brazillian

Height: - 5ft 10inches

Position: - Attacking Midfielder

Current Club: - Internacional

Estimated Market Value: - Around the 25 million Pound mark.

Linked With: - Chelsea

- Tottenham

Club Statistics


2008/2009 season - 14 appearances, 0 goals and 2 assists.


2009/2010 season - 6 appearances, 0 goals and 0 goals.

2010/2011 season - 44 appearances, 13 goals and 10 assists.

2011/2012 season - 20 appearances, 6 goals and 10 assists.

TOTAL - 70 appearances, 19 goals and 20 assists.

General Comments:

To begin, I'd like to honestly admit that I haven't seen a hell of a lot of Oscar, because as you can imagine, getting footage Internacional isn't particularly easy, but I have done my best so we venture on.

The instant characteristic that sticks out for me about Oscar is his finishing. For an Attacking Midfielder (CAM) then I'd say he has a solid variation of finishing ability - whether it's in the 18 yard box, or a long-range screamer. For a 21 year old, I'd say it's an impressive feature and what's more important, is that he has proved this ability not only at club level, but also at International level with Brazil. I'd say that he's certainly more proven with regards to 'in the box' finishing as it were, as he seems very very good at picking out bottom corners and in all honesty, he makes it look pretty easy.

I'd also say that Oscar plays with a good sense of intelligence with regards to not only his positioning ability, but also with his crossing ability. Now, I believe that it's rare to find a CAM that has such a prominent crossing ability. Now, I know that many CAM's are prominent set piece takers (including Oscar) so are expected to have a good 'cross' as such, but he also seems to drift out on the wings during the games in order to swap with the winger, and the winger to run into the middle and be on the receiving end. I believe that this isn't unique as such, but it's certainly something that could be on the up in the modern game. I know that players often chop and change positions etc, but I feel that a CAM that swaps randomly with wingers really adds a different dimension to a team, and I certainly expect it to be implemented in European football over the coming years.

Now, to balance this out - is this ability to swap positions down to Oscar, or down to the manager allowing them to do so? For me, it's the manager. However, it still takes ability to be able to do this, but the difficulty is that this may be a little too progressed for the English League, as there is much more discipline involved of 'sticking in your position'. Nevertheless, Oscar does have the ability to drop out wide if needed, and I still rate that ability highly.

Oscar's fundamental weakness for me lays with tackling. To be perfectly honest, I rarely see him trying to put in a tackle, and he seems to rely on his team-mates an awful lot to intercept, block and tackle - which for me, is certainly a massive issue. Now, as I said, I haven't seen as much of him as I'd like, but for me with what I've seen he just seems to lack tackling ability, or have much defensive ability at all really. If he does make the move to the PL, which does indeed look pretty set in stone, then this is the fundamental flaw in his game which desperately needs work.

Will Oscar Cut it in the Premier League? - I do not believe he will to be perfectly honest, but I will cover this in more depth in the Business End of the Profile.

Summary of Oscar:

Strengths - Set Pieces, Crossing, Finishing, Pace, Positioning, Versatility and Vision.

Weaknesses - Tackling, Interceptions, Fitness (often seems tired), Enthusiasm (for some games), Confidence and Discipline.

The Business End of the Profile.

Now, as most of you know, a fee has been agreed between Chelsea and Internacional over the sale of Oscar, thus all that remains is personal terms and the medical and the deal will be complete - and that's all there is to say really.

Now, why don't I think Oscar will cut it in the Premier League? Because I don't believe he will be given much chance, time or patience to be able to cut it in the English league. Now, I don't mean any disrespect to Chelsea at all with these comments, but to be honest with all of you, how will he be given a chance? Chelsea have signed some brilliant Attacking Midfielders this summer so far, as well as having Juan Mata (who in my opinion, is top top quality). Marko Marin is a special player, as well as Eden Hazard (as we all know). That's 3 world class players fighting for potentially, one position. For me, Marin needs to be in the starting eleven, as his potential is truly immense. However, how can you deny Mata and Hazard? With this tangent in mind, if you're throwing a 21 year old Brazillian unknown player in the same mix with these kinds of players, how can he even have a chance at sealing a regular place?

For me, Chelsea are in a brilliant position to be in. Four attacking midfielders (potentially) fighting for the same position, and three of them are already deemed as world class. I personally don't understand why Chelsea feel the need to purchase all of these players, however Abramovic seems to really want them to be at the top fighting again, so credit to them for having the guts to do this. On the other hand, I feel that this move is not the right one for Oscar, unless Chelsea have a plan to loan him out to another side, which I have personally not heard myself.

If Oscar is given a regular place though (which will probably not happen), then I would expect him to certainly give an effort to the EPL, but I still do not see him cutting it within the league until he has gained significant experience, and improves his tackling, interceptions and general mindset for 'smaller' games. As I said, I mean no disrespect to Chelsea at all, but I hope you can all understand why I have said what I have about your club and Oscar's move to it.

Cheers all,