We are in the era of the little playmaker. It's now one of the most important positions in football. Every team is looking to buy the perfect player to sit in the hole. This phenomenon seems to have sprouted from Barcelona. Like most things in football do these days.
The owner of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich is said to be an admirer of the way Barcelona play. So it's natural for the Russian to purchase players who are the same build and have the same style as Barcelona's best. It's no secret that Abramovich makes the signings at Chelsea but this spending spree has given Roberto Di Matteo an influx of playmakers. He'll certainly find it difficult, giving all of the playmakers enough playing time. However as Chelsea will play more games than they've ever played before this season, a good squad will be needed.
The signs were clear that Abramovich was in the market for this type of player. Speculation began to surround Luka Modric last season. Reports suggested Chelsea were willing to pay up to £45 million for his services. It's plain to see that Abramovich really wanted a playmaker in this style. Speculation ended and Modric stayed with Spurs. In the end the Blues purchased Juan Mata from Valencia. He was the first of this line of player to join Chelsea in this spree.
By now we all know Mata's quality on the ball. He was the type of player that Chelsea had missed ever since Deco left. His signing was a little surprising as all of the speculation was surrounding Liverpool and Arsenal but I think we can all see why he joined Chelsea. Last season he proved vital in Chelsea's Champions League success. I can't see Mata being dropped for one of the new guys but he'll have to keep up his standard of play if he wants to remain as a Chelsea regular.
Oscar certainly impressed a lot of people at the Olympics. He was one of the best players at the tournament and certainly looks promising for Brazil's future. He is the typical playmaker; vision, passing and finishing are all attributes in his locker. Fans of Brazilian Serie A would have known Oscar's talent from the moment they saw him. I know I did. He can certainly be, not just one of Chelsea's but one of the World's best players.
Forgive the cliché, Hazard is just like marmite. He's already gained a few haters after his, let's call it shenanigans on Twitter. "I'm joining a club in Manchester" were his words. Oh how people he got the World anticipating a move to United or City. However there's no mistaking his class on the field of play. He is absolutely fantastic. Not only can he be an effective playmaker but his versatility allows him to play on either flank, upfront or as a holding midfielder. A very good acquisition by Abramovich and he'll certainly be making Ferguson and Mancini kick themselves after not acquiring his signature.
Marin is different to the others. Although he can do a good job in the hole, a position on the wing is more comfortable for the German. He's built in the same way as the others and is valued by Bundesliga viewers marginally high. Chelsea fans will be excited to see how Marin performs but any self-respecting Bundesliga follower will tell you there are better players than Marin. Abramovich isn't a stupid man. He knows this and bought Marin as a good substitute for the others. Not a bad one at all but Marin will probably be a bit disheartened to see Oscar, Hazard and Mata ply ahead of him.