It was 12th June 2014 when the world was high on world cup fever and the news popped up on the official Chelsea website much to the delight and more to the surprise of the Chelsea fans “Chelsea FC are delighted to announce the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona”. This seems to be a marquee signing done by Jose Mourinho as Chelsea has been in need of a complete play maker that has been missing since a very long time.
Fàbregas joined Arsenal’s youth academy from Barcelona in the summer of 2003 and established himself in 2004-05 season with the injuries to key midifelders and went on to establish himself as the starting midfielder, key play maker and their captain. The Spain international became one of the best midfielders in the premier league, he broke several of the club’s records in the process, earning a reputation as one of the best young players for his position.
He has been a regular goal scorer for Barcelona for the past 3 seasons since his £35 million move to the Catalan giants in 2011 despite of having fierce competition from international teammates Xavi and Iniesta, he managed to score 42 goals and assist on 48 occasions in a sum total of 151 appearances for the Camp Nou faithful. But the truth is that we have not seen the very best of him since he left Arsenal as the tactics of Barcelona have not been compatible with him and that had forced him to push for a move to Chelsea after Arsenal’s denial to buy him again.
KEY ADVANTAGES OF Fàbregas:
VERSATILITY – The Spain international has mainly played as a central midfielder or attacking midfielder but he has also been used as a winger and second striker on a few occasions. So he can either be used in double pivot or as a number 10 but it remains interesting to see what role Mourinho has for him. But with poor display from the likes of Mikel and Ramires it seems more likely that Fabregas may partner Matic in the middle of the field.
He can do almost everything on the football field be it scoring goals, assisting goals, or making pin point balls and it is very hard to find a weakness.
VISION & PASSING- Fàbregas has a phenomenal vision and passing ability that can prove to be great for Jose Mourinho’s team as they have been lacking a deep lying play maker and the likes of Ramires and Mikel have been unable to provide that playmaking touch and with the departure of Frank Lampard, there is a need of and experienced player to fit into his shoes and the Spaniel certainly fits the bill for the blues with his impeccable ability to find his teammate, play long balls, through balls and what not.
PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE- The former Arsenal and Barcelona player has already spent 8 years at Arsenal football club and he already knows the English game so he should not take much of a time to adapt to the physicality and the nature of premier league and he should be ready to prove himself and get started straight away as said by Mourinho “He is a player in the best years of his career. He knows England well, he knows the Premier League well, so he will not need time to adapt. He is the kind of player who will come and train for a couple of weeks and be ready to prove himself.”
BLESSING FOR STRIKERS- The blues have had a lot of issues with their strikers in the past 2 seasons with their poor display in front of the goal but another problem associated with it is the absence of a proper play maker who can provide killer passes to the strikers and be an aid to them but that play making has always been absent in the Chelsea game play and the arrival of Cesc can be taken as a big boost ahead of 2014-15 season. According to his Spain teammate Fernando Torres “I wish he could have joined us a couple of years earlier, He is a blessing for strikers, he always looks to find that final key pass, he’s the type of player Chelsea don’t have”. If everything goes according to the plan then we may well see our strikers scoring again and with the signing of Diego Costa on the brink, it can prove to be vital for the Kings Road entertainers.