Is Juan Mata The Most Important Player For Chelsea?

“Fact Or Fiction” is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.”

Fact or Fiction: Juan Mata is now Chelsea’s most important player.

MH: Fact.  There are a few reasons for this.  First, his tempo and pace has caused havoc for opposing backlines.  Chelsea currently has no other player that offers these skills.  Secondly, Mata has provided width to an attack that has run centrally through Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba for so long.  Lastly, and probably most importantly for Chelsea fans, Mata’s creativity has rejuvenated fellow Spaniard, Fernando Torres.  Ever since Mata has joined the club, Torres has looked like he has regained his Athletic Madrid form.  It will be interesting to see how Mata holds up over the course of his first season in England.  But if he continues to find himself in the starting eleven for Chelsea, there could be more hardware heading to Stamford Bridge.

ER: Fiction. At this point, Chelsea has a pretty formidable attack, and it can come from many talented players. In my mind, the one area that can be overlooked is their defending. So for me, I think Petr Cech is as important as any player on their squad. You look at the early fixtures of this season, and the two matches where Cech was injured, there was a lot of unease for Chelsea supporters. Hilario was not particularly effective in matches against West Bromwich and Norwich City, and allowed those two teams to hang around until the latter portions of the match. The offense ended up bailing him out in those matches, but the great thing is that Cech is a stabilizing force who allows the team to be more aggressive, knowing that they have a top-class keeper to hold the fort. While Mata may be a strong catalyst for the attack, Cech’s presence is even more important to Chelsea’s success.

What do you think, is it fact or fiction that Juan Mata is now Chelsea’s most important player?

13 thoughts on “Is Juan Mata The Most Important Player For Chelsea?”

  1. Given its unlikely AVB will leave a comment here I feel I should reiterate on his half that it isnt about one player its about the “group dynamic and everyone playing for the collective” – dont know how many times he has to say it.

  2. look at chelsea match against genk, mata not playing, the 1st 11 that night can beat genk 5-0 without mata. all player in chelsea squad is the most important player.

  3. No he’s one of the most important players. I think if AVB was smart McEachran would have been as important as Mata.

    I want to see this line up vs QPR


    but really it won’t happen at least for McEachran and Romeu

    I want to see this team in January

    1. Fail to see how you can justify leaving Ramires/Lampard out of your January line up or any line up aside from injury. Romeu had one good game against Genk. That’s not enough.

  4. It is a bloody shame this boy isn’t playing at a different club. He isn’t a diver, he’s a fair player and he doesn’t tackling recklessly. I just do not see him a proper Chelsea player. He doesn’t have the players around him to give him the chance to make the plays he could at Valencia. I think he would have fit in better at Spurs where the implement the style of play he’s so much accustomed to.

    Good on ya though, Boas for nailing a real quality lad. I believe you got lucky on this one. I don’t think Mata did his homework before he took the spot.

  5. i think matas inclusion in chelsea has made their mid much stronger which gives torres the better oportunities to create chances and score

  6. I think all the players in chelsea deserve to play regularly but not all 26 players can start, the young lads like romeu, josh, lukaku should be used from time to time,romeau could be replacing mikel, we need his pace and good marking abilities in the midfield.

  7. Mata and to a lesser extent Merieles, were bought in to link up with Torres by slotting those passes through. On that basis – that Iberian troika is is the key to Chelsea’s new era.

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