Former Chelsea player Paul Canoville has voiced his concerns over the performances of Cesc Fabregas following the Stamford Bridge club's stuttering start to the season.
These comments were made before the Blues picked up their first win of the season away to West Brom, however his assessment of Fabregas will not have changed following another poor performance from the Spaniard.
Fabregas came in for criticism in the second half of last season as his influence on the Blues' attack greatly decreased following a fantastic start to his Chelsea career, and the criticism has continued this season after three sub par performances in the opening fixtures.
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Writing on his Kicca account Canoville, who made 103 appearances for Chelsea over a five year spell, said: "I'm concerned about Cesc Fabregas, he only seems to last about an hour in the game and then he’s non-existent.
"You can’t get away with that in this league. Everyone knows what he can do and what he possesses, but you need to be doing it for at least 80 minutes. I think he might have turned into a weak-link.
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"Jose played Oscar in that centre-midfield position during some of the friendlies and I liked the way he played. He plays the ball well and he gets from box-to-box too, so maybe he could come in for him.
"Fabregas isn’t the same player as when he was at Arsenal or Barcelona, and it’s a weakness that Jose has got to see and look at fixing."
Fabregas scored 57 goals in 303 appearances for Arsenal having made his debut as a sixteen-year-old. He went on to captain the Gunners before leaving to join boyhood club Barcelona in 2011.
Arsenal fans have never forgiven Cesc for joining Chelsea and will take great pleasure from seeing the midfielder's current struggles at Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas' short comings were highlighted against Manchester City as the Spaniard failed to provide defensive cover for his back four and saw Chelsea get dismantled by the Sky Blues.
The partnership of Matic and Fabregas has failed to recreate the form of last season and it is no wonder the Blues are looking at other midfield options, with reports Paul Pogba could move to West London.
The 28-year-old still has a lot to offer Chelsea, but it is clear to see he does not enjoy the defensive responsibility that was placed on him in Manchester, and if he is to rekindle his top form he will need to be deployed in a more forward position.