Cesc Fabregas struggles continue on international duty

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was handed the honour of captaining Spain in his 95th appearance for La Roja against Holland last night, but it was a far from happy trip to Amsterdam for a player who continues to struggle for top form.

Fabregas failed to stop the Dutch dominating in a 2-0 victory for Guus Hiddink's side, one in which the Blues playmaker floundered in a performance that has come in for heavy criticism back home.

Spanish newspaper Marca was the most unforgiving, giving Fabregas a rating of just 4/10 in figures which pick the Blues star as the worst Spanish player on the pitch by a distance.

Time for Mourinho to drop Cesc?

The helpful people at Sport Witness managed to drag Marca's player ratings on a night to forget for Spain, who picked a much-changed midfield trio that failed to convince.

Fabregas was used in a central trio alongside Mario Suarez and Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla, but they were outclassed by an energetic Dutch side.

Recent decline cannot be ignored

International struggles are just another reason for Blues boss Jose Mourinho to seriously consider whether Fabregas deserves a place in his starting XI on current form.

Fabregas was absolutely sensational during the first half of the season, making a seamless return to the Premier League and setting up a quite incredible 15 goals in his first 21 matches for Chelsea.

Just a single assist has followed in his last seven league games though, which surely means Mourinho has to consider freshening things up ahead of a return to domestic action against Stoke City this weekend.

Fabregas and his creative partner in crime Oscar are both under huge pressure to recapture their vintage displays from 2014 to help ensure Chelsea win their first title for five years, but Mourinho is a ruthless pragmatist and will be considering rotation both this weekend and beyond if things don't improve quickly.

Chelsea fans, would you drop Fabregas this weekend? Is it time for fresh faces to make sure the romp to the title is not damaged? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!

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