Stats show Mata outperforming Chelsea’s Oscar since Man United move
Did Jose Mourinho make a mistake? Stats show Juan Mata has outshined Oscar since Old Trafford move in 2014
Juan Mata has outperformed Jose Mourinho’s preferred central playmaker Oscar since the Spaniard moved to Manchester United in January 2014, stats compiled by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have shown.
In the 16 months since his switch to Old Trafford, Juan Mata has played three more Premier League games (42 to 39). So for a fairer assessment of the two players, the analysis was broken down to a per game basis.
In breaking down the numbers, it is Mata that excels for passing. With more successful passes per game (42.4 to 37.9) and a better pass completion rate overall (89.5 per cent to 83.5 per cent), the Spaniard takes the passing plaudits.
As playmakers, the pair are known primarily for their creativity. Again Mata leads Oscar. The 26-year-old has made more key passes per game (1.40 to 1.33) and has racked up more assists (8 to 7).
The United midfielder also betters Oscar for finishing. With a better shot accuracy (55.5 per cent to 47.5 per cent) and a far higher number of goals (14 to 8) Mata is showing his importance and influence for his new club.
When it comes to dribbling the Spaniard can boast the better figures again. Mata has completed a far higher percentage of take-ons (60.8 per cent to 32.5 per cent) and has also provoked more fouls per game than the Brazilian (1.36 to 0.72), thus winning more set-pieces for his side.
With Mata returning to Stamford Bridge this weekend for the first time since his move away from Chelsea, can he show that Mourinho was wrong to opt for the younger Oscar than the previously two-time Chelsea player of the year? The stats certainly suggest so.
This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com