Cesc Fabregas returns ahead of Everton clash

Fabregas has been vital to Chelsea this season (©GettyImages)

The return of Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea's squad for tonight's Premier League clash with Everton will undoubtedly be a welcome one.

The Spanish playmaker has been a key component of an efficient and creative Chelsea side this season. His passing play keeps things ticking in the center of the park for the Blues and he has recorded an astounding 26 assists this season across all competitions.

Fabregas' return comes at a time when the Blues look tired and weakened, with pass completion becoming a noticeable problem in recent weeks. Fabregas will no doubt bolster the stuttering Chelsea machine, and with fellow team-mates Eden Hazard, Willian, and Oscar, he looks set to make a big impact in the Blues tough upcoming fixtures.

Experience will be key

His presence should see Chelsea become slightly more creative up front and more organized in the midfield, despite the continued absence of Diego Costa. 

Despite this, Fabregas' defensive shortcomings may leave the jaded Nemanja Matic with a tough task, keeping the likes of Ross Barkley, James McCarthy, and Steven Naismith quiet.

The outcome of this game can largely depend on what happens in the midfield, with the duo of Fabregas and Matic looking to carry out a tough task against a slightly underwhelming Everton side. 

As it stands, the Blues have a seven-point lead at the top of the table. Moreover, this fixture could see the Blues extend their gap at the top of the Premier League to a massive ten points should Manchester City slip up versus Stoke.

Mourinho will no doubt be relishing a tough match at the Bridge, but he must also make sure no players are at the threat of straining themselves, as the French giants PSG await.

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