It seems extraordinary that Chelsea would even think about letting their Player of the Year go, but it seems as though life isn’t all that sweet for Juan Mata under Jose Mourinho. There were rumours throughout the summer about the Spaniard’s future, and again when he missed the first few games of the season, but the Express are suggesting that Tottenham will be in with a bid in January to rid him of his Stamford Bridge woes. But where would he fit into an already packed midfield?
Andre Villas-Boas already has Christian Eriksen, Lewis Holtby and Mousa Dembele who can operate in the central attacking areas. Juan Mata is able to function in any of the three attacking roles behind the forward of the 4-2-3-1 formation, but on the wings the likes of Aaron Lennon, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli, so competition is fierce.
For me, Mata is best on the left – cutting in and using his creativity to open up the opposition. The 25-year-old made 95 key passes last season for Chelsea. Chadli has had a good start to life at White Hart Lane but is not in the same bracket as Mata, whereas Lamela is likely to improve every game. There is a long time between now and the new year, but if I was forced to give an answer then I’d say the Spurs front six would look something like this, if Mata made the switch.
What do you reckon Spurs fans, where would you fit him in?