With Cesc Fabregas’ Chelsea career on the rocks following a chain of stagnant performances, something must change in order for the Spaniard to reignite his form.
The ex-Barcelona man has been one of the most prominent victims of a turbulent season for the Blues - he has simply been a shadow of the midfielder who proved so influential in the club's Premier League triumph last season.
Even with the return of Guus Hiddink, Fabregas is yet to truly rediscover the form that saw him garner 18 assists last campaign. Consequently, the question as to whom will replace Hiddink in the summer could prove pivotal in discerning whether Fabregas has a future in west London.
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Of all the world-class managers linked with Chelsea since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal, Pep Guardiola has proved the most appetising. In addition, he may be exactly the man to spark Fabregas’ form once again.
The pair have a history working together and although only for a single season, this can prove a crucial variable. After all, 2011/12 was arguably the 28-year-old’s finest season at the Camp Nou and it just so happened to be under the tutelage of Guardiola.
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Fabregas has often been alienated in the Chelsea side this term and must be crying out for a manager who thoroughly understands what he has to offer.
The rate in which the ex-Arsenal man has plummeted demonstrates the fine margins behind perfection and ignominy in the Spaniard’s game.
Guardiola possesses a largely unrivalled managerial nous and subsequently could execute the minute tweaks necessary to save Fabregas’ Chelsea career. This job is made much easier by their shared nationality and previous relations.
The current Bayern Munich manager’s trophy cabinet certainly suggests the 45-year-old would be a success at Chelsea on the whole. His positive philosophy and Barcelona-inspired ethics would work wonders at Stamford Bridge.
Getting Fabregas’ Chelsea tenure back on track would prove a likely avenue for success; conversely, if Guardiola isn’t obtained in the summer, it may mark a premature end for the midfielder in west London.
Without a familiar arm round his shoulder, the 28-year-old may continue to crumble amidst the negative press and mediocre form.
After all, for Chelsea’s sake, they need their intricate Spaniard firing on all cylinders once again or their turmoil will continue to rumble on.