Cesc Fabregas is simply not capable of fulfilling his defensive duties in a midfield two and it’s costing Chelsea.
That Nemanja Matic has endured such a disappointing start to the season has merely exacerbated the problem. Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace - a result that leaves Chelsea eight points behind league-leaders Manchester City - is evidence that Jose Mourinho’s side are simply not capable of successfully defending their Premier League crown this season.
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Although Chelsea won the Premier League title last term, there were plenty of matches in which Fabregas was guilty of switching off defensively.
And while the title triumph may have papered over the cracks, the problem did not go unnoticed by Mourinho who would love to add Pogba to his ranks before the summer transfer window closes at 6pm on Tuesday evening.
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Fabregas should be moved to No. 10
Of course, there is a place in this Chelsea team for Fabregas, who performs much better with more freedom. The Spanish World Cup winner would arguably be a better option in the No. 10 role than either Willian or Oscar, who struggle to put up the numbers in terms of goals and assists.
Fabregas has proven throughout his career - with Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea - that he is an extremely effective player in the final third of the pitch.
Last season he contributed more assists in the Premier League than any other player. His tally of 18 was seven more than second-placed Santi Cazorla, who provided 11 goals for his teammates last term.
In the 2009-10 season, Fabregas netted 15 Premier League goals while plying his trade for Arsenal. With Barcelona he scored 42 goals in 151 appearances over three seasons.
Matic needs Pogba alongside him
The acquisition of Pogba would allow Fabregas to move close to goal - alongside Eden Hazard and Pedro, behind Diego Costa - and give Chelsea some additional quality in attack while simultaneously strengthening the team’s central midfield.
Matic cannot do it all himself - he needs support.
And who better to provide that support than the world-class Pogba who, if signed by Tuesday, would be the coup of the summer and a real statement of intent from the Blues.
Chelsea fans: can your team win the Premier League title this season without Paul Pogba or another central midfielder? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!