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Nemanja Matic | Midfielder

Team: Chelsea
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 183

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Jose Mourinho has praised new Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic after a series of impressive performances.
Mourinho brought Matic to Chelsea in the January transfer window but many focused on Juan Mata's departure. It turns out Mourinho was right and Matic is indeed exactly what Chelsea needed. The Serbian has played the so called "Makelele role" for the Blues and has dominated in multiple ways. He often marks the oppositions best attacking midfielder, he closes down passing lanes, and he provides a big body in the box. He does a great job of keeping possession and keeping the ball moving on the attack. Matic has also been a decent contributor on the fantasy sheet, mainly through defensive stats. At a price of £ 9.82M, he can be considered for fantasy teams as a low risk, low upside option. Mar 25 - 7:57 PM
Source: Sky Sports

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Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are ineligible to represent Chelsea in the Champions League due to having played in the competition with a different team this year.

Matic and Salah have already played this year for Benfica and Basle, respectively. Matic has already established himself as a first team starter for Chelsea and his height and presence will be missed in the competition. This could be good news for fantasy owners, as the duo will be fresh for Premier League action after not playing in midweek.
Source: Express
Feb 25 - 9:45 AM

Yahoo has announced all new transfers to the Premier League have now been added to the game, available for selection on the eve of gameweek 25.

Matic, Mitroglu, Armero, Salah, et cetera, are all available now, and all at tantalizing introductory prices. Most players new to the PL, unless they are truly world class or their new club have a complete void at that position, are not handed starts right out of the chute, so it would be best to give most of these fresh faces a bit of pitch time, and once they have established themselves, invest before inflation.

Chelsea's new signing Nemanja Matic played an instrumental part in Chelsea's win over Manchester City last weekend and looks to be a big part of the club's future.

Matic was all over the field as can be seen in the heat map found at the link below. He had 10 clearances and won 4 of his 5 headed duels. Matic did a great job of covering Yaya Toure and his defensive efforts were one of the big reasons Chelsea held a clean sheet against the best scoring team in the league. If he establishes a consistent first team role, his defensive stats might be enough for him to be considered for fantasy purposes.
Source: Squawka
Feb 7 - 12:02 PM

Jose Mourinho insisted Nemanja Matic won't start against Manchester United but will probably in the match squad.

Matic just joined Chelsea and it seems he hasn't earned the trust of Mourinho to start in such a big match. Matic has the quality to become a semi-regular starter at Chelsea but considering he is in a congested defensive midfield with Frank Lampard, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, and David Luiz, I wouldn't trust him until he establishes some sort of role.
Source: Mirror
Jan 17 - 3:19 PM

After being dealt away in the deal for David Luiz, Nemanja Matic returns to Chelsea from Benfica with an eye toward shoring up the defensive midfield.

The 6'4" Serb arrives at a Chelsea club that, despite riding high in the standings, has questions all around the park. The particular question that he will be asked to answer sooner or later is "what is the long term plan for the holding midfield role(s)?". With Mikel no better than adequate, Michael Essien aging rapidly, Ramires more of a box-to-box type, and Frank Lampard a strong passer and attacker but not much of a defensive presence Jose Mourinho has turned to David Luiz as a holding midfielder from time to time. None of the above are perfect solutions which gives Matic a chance to lock down a spot in the starting eleven sooner rather than later with the start of next season the longest he will likely be kept out of the line-up. From a fantasy standpoint, Matic will have to get a lot of tackles and intercepted passes to provide any value because he has never been a bit shooter/scorer at any stop along his career path.
Jan 16 - 11:41 AM