World Cup Watch - Oscar Delight!
Barcelona forward Neymar stole the show as four-star Brazil booked a second round berth in the World Cup as Group A winners, avoiding the potential backlash of drawing The Netherlands, but not without drawing flak from a segment of the football punditry business.
ITV pundit and Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he was disappointed
with the performance of Oscar against Cameroon, arguing Neymar's star role could have had a diminishing effect on Oscar.
"I don't think he played too well. Maybe the emergence of Neymar has made him go into his shell a little bit. They (Brazil) need to liven up a bit", he said after the 4-1 mauling of the
not-so-indomitable Lions from West African.
It would be recalled that in their opening game against Luka Modric's Croatia, Oscar had lit it up for Brazil as he won man-of-the-match scoring a goal and provided two assists as the Selecao rounded off a 3-1 win.
Of course, he played the full 90 minutes yesterday as Brazil ran out 4-1 winners with Neymar grabbing a brace.
So it is hard to figure out how right Wright is to single out Oscar in a match Cameroon were literally playing as wounded lions, but we are persuaded to believe it is foolhardy to expect or demand a 22-year-old player to always score a goal, assist or win MOTM all the time when neither greats like Lionel Messi nor reigning Ballon d'Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo has ever managed such feat.
Heck, did Maradona, Pele or Wright himself?
As such it would appear that either the former Arsenal striker is wide of the mark as he often was in the twilight of his rather illustrious career or was just earning his ITV pay, after all what football pundit shuts the trap on live TV?
Be that as it may, it is vital the Ian Wrights of this world realized Phil Scolari, World Cup winner, has Oscar as the second name in his team sheet — behind Neymar — for a reason.