Despite all the big-money moves and high-profile summer transfers, Juan Mata is once again the man running the show for Chelsea, and once again he's the man who can lead the Blues toward Premier League glory this season.
With the arrivals of Eden Hazard and Oscar into the Chelsea midfield, the role and significance of the Spanish international this season was always going to be an interesting storyline to follow, but through the opening seven games of the season, it seems that absolutely nothing has changed as far as Mata's necessity to the Blues midfield this year.
If anything, it's become stronger.
After watching Chelsea topple Arsenal 2-1 a couple of weeks ago, many were quick to state that Mata is more important to the Blues than Eden Hazard, which is true.
They saw his dynamic running and his incredible assist work, which stemmed further than simply making the final pass or being fouled in the box for a penalty.
And after watching Chelsea run riot over Norwich City in their 4-1 victory over the weekend, we need to be quick to state once again Mata's importance and significance to this side.
Only now we can also add that his significance can lead all the way to the Premier League title. Juan Mata can lead Chelsea all the way to EPL glory this year.
Against the Canaries, the Spanish international midfielder finished with two assists to his name and was credited with creating three goal-scoring opportunities (according to WhoScored.com), but those statistics simply do not do justice to his performance.
He was everywhere in midfield—sparking attacks from well inside the Blues' half and capitalizing beautifully on any turnover or interception that was to be found in defense.
We know the skill and talent that Mata possesses, but when it is laid out in front of us on a football pitch, we cannot help but wonder just how high the ceiling is for the 24-year-old, who has been Chelsea's best player once again this season.
Instrumental in both Chelsea's Champions League- and FA Cup-winning campaigns last season, Mata has already proven himself on the biggest stages in world football, and is likely to do so again this season.
He is a significant reason why the West London club is four points clear and undefeated atop of the Premier League ladder.
If he can show us once again why he is considered one of the best footballers in the world when Chelsea meet Manchester United this weekend, there's little reason to suggest that he cannot lead his team all the way to Premier League glory this year.
Give the Blues a eight- or nine-point start this early on in the season, and it's highly likely that they won't be run down—especially not with Mata pulling their strings.
Can Juan Mata lead Chelsea to the EPL title this season?
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