Cesc Fabregas misses out on Sky Sports team of the season

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It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say Cesc Fabregas has revolutionised the way Chelsea play.

He has the most assists (13), he averages the most passes a game (86.3), has the highest pass completion rate (87.46 percent), and he's created the most chances (61). He's covered 213.2km, the second highest in the league, and has also weighed in with crucial goals away at Stoke and Crystal Palace, two notoriously tough away fixtures.

Although that's apparently not enough to make it into Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher's team of the season.

The former Premier League pair made their picks for the best XI in the first half of the season on the Sky Sports show Monday Night Football, and agreed on all but two positions.

David De Gea, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero all made the team, as well as Fabregas' Chelsea teammates  Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta,  Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa - leaving gaping holes in central defence and central midfield which the pair couldn't agree on, so the deciding vote was made by Twitter users.

The Twittersphere decided Jose Fonte was the man to partner Terry in defence, leaving Neville and Carragher to make their cases for the final position.

Neville picked Morgan Schneiderlin saying: "I went for Schneiderlin, I'm not quite sure why looking at those stats. What Fabregas has given us so far is what we would have expected.

"In terms of impact on a team I think Schneiderlin is the man at Southampton. They're going to get absolutely bombarded in January; Liverpool will look at him, Arsenal, United, Tottenham. Four clubs that all might fancy him.

"I think he is one of the best performing midfield players in the League of his type - not because I don't fancy Cesc Fabregas, he's a good player."

Tellingly, even Southampton supporting MNF host Ed Chamberlain was incredulous at Neville's decision, as was his former Liverpool rival, mocking the England coach as a: "Typical FA man, going for 4-4-2 going for two workhorses in midfield. I like someone who can get on the ball and play." 

It was Neville who apparently made the best case as the Frenchman became the final member of the team, beating the former Barcelona man with 62 percent of the vote...or it may have been more down to the fact Arsenal fans rigged the online poll.

Carragher later exclaimed: "I hope Fabregas is not watching this show because he will never watch it again."

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