From lifting the Premier League trophy two seasons back to playing just 92 minutes of overall football in this season – Cesc Fabregas’ Chelsea career has taken a sudden downfall. Once being one of the most influential player’s and an important part of The Blues’ squad Fabregas now finds himself making it to the bench occasionally.
Having joined The Blues from FC Barcelona back in 2014, Fabregas was part of the title winning team of Jose Mourinho in the 2014-15 season. That season Fabregas teamed up well with fellow Spaniard Diego Costa to boost Chelsea’s attack and eyed towards goal. As per Squawka Fabregas had 85% average pass accuracy, 63% shot accuracy and a total of 93 chances created, in the title winning season.
Things started to look ugly the very next season. The defending champions had a horrendous Premier League campaign which saw Chelsea finish 10th and Jose Mourinho’s second reign as Chelsea manager also come to an end. Not only did the poor performances cost Mourinho his job but a lot of players including the likes of star midfielder Eden Hazard, striker Diego Costa and Fabregas himself were criticized for showing lack of ambition throughout the season.
Fabregas himself said that he “forgot how to play football” in the final months of Mourinho’s tenure. But ever since Guus Hiddink took over Chelsea as interim manager in December, the Spain international has claimed that he is starting to get back to his best and has been satisfied with his performances.
However, fast forward to November 2016 and Fabregas is once again struggling to make it to the Chelsea team. As a matter of fact he is probably on the lowest verge of his career right now. Once World Cup winner with the La Roja, he has failed to make it to the Spanish squad ever since Spain’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign and hasn’t even featured in Spain’s World Cup 2018 qualifying matches.
The big question thus remains – can Fabregas make a comeback and get himself back into the Chelsea team once again?
The 29 year old had quite a “mixed” start to the 2016-17 PL campaign with Chelsea being in second position and playing magical football with a new system of play under Conte, whereas it doesn’t seems like Fabregas is getting anywhere near the first team anytime soon.
After Chelsea’s 2-1 home defeat against Liverpool FC, Fabregas’ omission from the team hasn’t been anything surprising due to the poor performance against The Reds. Conte however did start with the former Arsenal captain against Leicester City in the EFL cup third round tie, and the midfielder ended up scoring two of Chelsea’s four goals of the evening. Conte kept his faith on Fabregas and decided to hand him a start against his former club Arsenal. But, with the team 3-0 down at half time Cesc was subbed off in the 55th minute and the rest is history.
There is no doubt that Fabregas has been a success at Chelsea but The Blues definitely were hoping for more from the former Barcelona star. At the moment there is almost certainly no space for Fabregas in Chelsea’s starting XI, especially after Conte decided to change the team’s formation. With N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic operating the defensive midfield and the likes of Hazard, Pedro, Willian being in brilliant form, Fabregas’ inclusion in the team seems very unlikely.
There are talks that Chelsea are looking to sell the Spain international in January and replace him with PSG sensation Marco Verratti. There are definitely a lot of top clubs who would still look to sign Fabregas. At the age of 29 he definitely has a lot left in the tank and has lots to offer so maybe a move back to Spain with a club like Villareal or Sevilla can redeem the player’s career once again and will help Cesc Fabregas even make a comeback to the Spain squad under new head coach Julen Lopetegui.
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