Cesc Fàbregas brings Barça to Stamford Bridge

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During the summer transfer window, Cesc Fàbregas completed his £27m return to London and the Premier League, joining ex-club Arsenal's local rivals Chelsea.

Since his return, Fàbregas has racked up seven assists in just eight league outings, as well as scoring against Crystal Palace. Having already shown his quality, Cesc could make a huge impact in west London.

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Fàbregas opened his second Premier League spell in style, picking up two assists in his first game against Burnley, including a sublime one-touch pass to AndréSchürrle for the German's goal. In the following fixture at home to Leicester City, Fàbregas assisted again, before providing four goals for his Chelsea colleagues in the next six league fixtures. Cesc also initiated and finished off a stunning move at Selhurst Park, slotting brilliantly past Speroni following a one-two with Oscar on the edge of the area.

Missing link

Partnering Nemanja Matić in the heart of Chelsea's midfield, Fàbregas has provided the Blues with what they lacked last term; the ability to break down the defences of 'lesser' sides. With Fàbregas supplying the spark, Chelsea have already done just that, breaking down the resilient defences of Leicester, Burnley, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. Fàbregas has reaped the the plaudits for his part in the seven wins and the draw that Chelsea have claimed thus far.

Coming from Barcelona to Stamford Bridge, Cesc Fàbregas has brought a slice of Catalonia back with him, combining the stylish one-touch play of the Catalonian club with the flair and physicality of the already hybridised Chelsea. Partnered with the physical presence of Matić, Fàbregas brings Chelsea, whose only real route to goal last term was through the wingers and number 10, an alternative route forward, due to his ability to split a defence with one singular pass.

Many strings to his bow

Fàbregas is also a set-piece specialist, having already scored a freekick in blue during preseason, as well as having assisted from corners and freekicks in several occasions, he makes up for what Chelsea have lost recently due to the departures of the legendary Frank Lampard and former fans' favourite Juan Mata. Causing havoc from any set-piece situation, the Spaniard will have many a chance to cast opposition defences into disarray thanks to the tricky feet of Hazard, Willian, Schürrle and Oscar ahead of him.

Cesc Fàbregas drew interest from up and down the country when Barcelona gave him the green light in his endeavour to find a new club. With the likes of Manchester City and United participating in the race for Fàbregas, the Spaniard was persuaded to join Chelsea by José Mourinho.

On first sight, Cesc's choice appears to have benefitted both him and the club. Fàbregas will be in the hunt for the Player of the Year accolade, as well as boosting his new club towards every trophy available to them this term.

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