Fantasy Football League IV

Player Analysis – Juan Mata

Chelsea's new signing Juan Mata

Juan Mata has completed his move to Chelsea from Spanish club Valencia for a reported £23.5m.

Mata has signed a five-year contract and is available for Saturday’s game against Norwich.

“Valencia was a big club anyway but I have left to join a bigger club,” the 23-year-old winger said. “It is all about the opportunity to win trophies and I have that here.”

The Spaniard said Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas convinced him to move.

“He said he wanted Chelsea this season to play more attacking football, and that I would be a big part of that,” added Mata.

Mata is available on the transfer list for £7.8m and he will play in midfield.

With Mata joining Chelsea yesterday, there are whispers in the air that Florent Malouda could be on his way to Juventus. While Mata can also play through the middle, his arrival places question marks against Malouda’s game time on the left and with the Frenchman a sub in last week’s home game against West Brom, the link may be stronger than just paper talk.

A prodigious talent, he moved to Real Madrid quickly became the rising star of their various youth teams. In his last season as a Juvenil, Mata rattled in an impressive 18 goals.

He further enhanced his reputation playing for Real Madrid Castilla (Real Madrid’s reserve team) starring in a side brimming with talents including Negredo, Jurado, Alberto Bueno, Granero, and Antonio Adan. Mata finished his final season as second-highest top scorer, chipping in with nine goals.

He agreed to sign for Valencia in March 2007, a move that is still a cause of some regret to Madrid fans to this day.

He was an immediate hit at Valencia, where his goals – two in the semi against Barcelona, and one in the final against Getafe – helped secure the 2008 Copa del Rey. Understandably he was voted the club’s Best Young Player after his first season.

He’s gone on to make 123 appearances for Los Che and scored 33 goals in the process. You can see a compilation of his very best below.


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