We have seen Oscar score from long-range, and quite brilliantly so, and on Tuesday night we saw him score a predator’s goal from just outside the six-yard box. He has three goals from 11 starts so far, and four for Brazil in a similar number of games including two in one match earlier this month.
It all suggests a midfielder capable of finding the net with regularity, but just how prolific has the 21-year-old been so far in his career?
There are a limited number of full seasons to go on, but in his last season with Internacional he scored 15 goals in the Brazilian national league and 20 in all competitions, at a rate not far short of one goal every three games.
‘I have been a midfielder who is a regular goalscorer and scoring 20 in a season was normal for me,’ Oscar tells the official Chelsea website.
‘I know it could be a bit more difficult in England because you are not playing all the time and you play in different positions, but nevertheless I do expect that I am going to score many goals for Chelsea and I hope to keep the average of between 10 to 20 goals a season – that would be good.’
Another question is what is a typical Oscar goal? We have seen contrasting strikes from him so far at Chelsea.
‘The long-distance ones are the most common goals I have scored, rather than the close-range ones,’ he says.
‘I often try to position myself in the place I was for this last goal against Shakhtar, so that when someone passes the ball I am close enough – and I do score quite a few like this, but because my more usual position is just outside the box, that is where I score most of my goals from.’
Everyone likes a spectacular strike from distance and Oscar’s second against Juventus is his personal favourite from his career so far (‘If you are playing your first game in the Champions League and you score like that, how can you possibly not choose it,’ he says), and prior to that his choice was the third of his hat-trick and the winning goal in the World Under-20 Championship Final last year.
An easy goal to find to watch on YouTube, he was on-target from a considerable distance out wide after changing his initial intention to cross the ball.
Oscar’s next chance to make the scoresheet is on Sunday against Manchester United, a truly big game. Generally Chelsea’s South America signings have arrived at Stamford Bridge via at least one other European club but in this case we are the player’s first experience of club football outside of his native continent.
Having already sampled the atmosphere of matches against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, Oscar gives his early impressions of the major occasions here.
‘It is quite similar to Brazil,’ he notes.
‘You have the same things – the big crowds and the adrenalin is really unbelievable, you feel it rushing through you.
‘I played in a city in Brazil where there are only two big clubs and Internacional versus Gremio was unbelievable – the pressure, the team atmosphere and everybody flying on the adrenalin. The big games against big opponents, those are the best games to play in.’
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