The Importance of Juan Mata

Juan Mata’s £23.5million transfer seemed to happen on a breeze. With the perpetual summer transfer saga of Luka Modric, hype was outwardly reserved. However, now with the foliage on the floor and the Premier League blooming, Mata’s importance to the Chelsea team has been keenly signified. The Spaniard, in only three appearances at his new club, has already whipped up a whirlwind of fervour around Stamford Bridge.

The acquisition wasn’t a luxury; it was a necessity. The Blues targeted youthful talent with several squad players being on the wrong side of thirty. Despite Tottenham’s Luka Modric being Chelsea’s most wanted, Mata is proving to be an exemplary substitute. In fact, Chelsea fans may be more appreciative, especially since the club paid a feasible amount for his talents.

Mata’s introduction has been nothing short of impressive. The 23-year-old has revivified Chelsea with aplomb. Coming off the bench against Norwich, Mata injected gusto in a labouring Chelsea side. Consequently, the rejuvenated Blues were victorious with Mata scoring a deserved debut goal. Mata’s immediate impact has auspiciously earned him a starting berth in Chelsea’s midfield.

There is no sign of Mata resting on his laurels. Two convincing displays against Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen have provided evidence. The versatile playmaker has a strong winning mentality and wishes to taste success with his new teammates. Furthermore, he’s optimistic on Chelsea breaking Manchester’s early stranglehold on the Premier League.

The weekend’s clash at Old Trafford should, for both teams, be the toughest test yet. Manchester United have made a blistering start, but Chelsea are, currently, hanging firmly on to their coattails. A win at the Theatre of Dreams would result in Chelsea usurping Manchester United in the Premier League standings. However, if Chelsea are to upset the odds, players, such as Juan Mata, will have to perform at an exceptional level. Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas may call on Mata to control the game with his passing abilities. The Spaniard could be the integral cog in the Chelsea machine.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata is comparable to Manchester City’s David Silva. Both came from Valencia; both have a slight frame and both exude poetry in motion. Neither Mata nor Silva is intimidated by the hustle and bustle of the Premier League. Instead, they have made the Premier League their stomping ground. They have blessed their respective sides. As a result, Chelsea fans and Manchester City fans have expressed much gratitude.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Mata recently stated that it wasn’t all about Fernando Torres. He isn’t at Chelsea just to supply the £50million striker. Of course, Juan Mata is correct. It’s all about him now.

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