There can be little doubting that 2015-16 has been a turbulent season for both Chelsea and Cesc Fabregas. Despite a blockbuster debut campaign, the Spaniard has joined many teammates in experiencing a decline in form this season.
With 14 fewer league assists than he mustered in 2014-15, Fabregas has even been benched at times and revered by sections of supporters. Nonetheless, his incredible talent and natural ability has bailed Chelsea out on a number of occasions recently.
This was reiterated by his match-saving performance against West Ham in a fixture the Blues arguably deserved to lose. It’s reminders such as this that shows why Chelsea should not underestimate Fabregas’ performances.
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Whoever takes the reins of the Blues in 2016-17 must reaffirm club trust in the Spaniard and making him the heart of their midfield would be the perfect way to do so.
Throughout his Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea tenures, Fabregas has displayed an exemplary range of passing and a vast footballing brain. There are simply few more naturally gifted players in the Premier League.
Although far from his primary attribute, Fabregas has also possessed a goal-scoring knack over the years. This has declined at Chelsea given his often low-lying defensive deployment but moments still materialise.
This was shown recently against West Ham when the 28-year-old’s brace ensured Chelsea’s unblemished league record under Guus Hiddink continued.
The Spaniard executed a free kick before holding his nerve to equalise from the penalty spot late on. Moreover, he came close with an ambitious but admirable bicycle kick in the second half.
While Fabregas’ form at Chelsea has certainly waned this season, fixtures such as this prove reminders of just how vital the Spaniard truly is to the Blues. He’s a talent that, on his day, few others can match.
HEART OF THE MIDFIELD
Antonio Conte remains the supposed favourite for the Chelsea job after the summer, but a confirmation is yet to arrive. Whoever takes over the role though, must make Fabregas part of their plans in order to succeed.
In the Spaniard, you have a midfielder oozing ability and with eight years experience in the Premier League.
While making big money signings would be far from detrimental, an experienced figure is needed to steady the ship. Coupled with an incredible assists tally that will more than likely resurge in 2016-17, Fabregas proves the perfect candidate.
It would be unwise to judge the 28-year-old on this season alone as so many other stars have joined him in choking. In addition, the Spaniard has been experiencing an upturn alongside Hiddink and there’s no reason why this trend shouldn’t continue under the new boss.
If Chelsea make Fabregas the heart of their midfield in 2016-17, they’ll be accentuating their chances of returning to success. The new manager must not simply neglect him on recent showings as unlike form, class is permanent.
After all, when it comes to raw talent, Chelsea possesses no one better.
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