Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that he has a difficult decision to make on who starts in central midfield against West Brom while conveniently leaving out John Obi Mikel from the discussion.
The Blues host Tony Pulis’ side on Sunday in the Premier League and they have several players fighting for just two positions.
N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic have been the preferred options this season since a switch to a 3-4-3 formation, but the latter missed the Manchester City game through injury.
Cess Fabregas stepped in and delivered a sound performance as Chelsea consolidated their place at the top of the Premier League.
Fabregas produced a fantastic assist for Diego Costa and the club’s youngster Nathaniel Chalobah is also pushing for a regular first team spot.
Conte has explained that he needs to decide which two players with start again West Brom and that Fabregas has put himself into contention after his recent performance.
Conte: “Fabregas played very well against Manchester City, he took his chance. Now I can pick between Matic, Kante, Fabregas and Chalobah.”
Chelsea have won their last eight games in all competitions since a change in formation and the two central midfields have been crucial, with the system ensuring they offer defensive support.
Kante and Matic have developed a great understanding while also being two of the best defensive-minded players in the Premier League, but Fabregas offers a more creative outlet.
The Spaniard showed against Man City that he can do the defensive side and will offer Chelsea more of an attacking threat, something Conte could look to use against West Brom.
Chalobah, 21, has emerged into a first team player this season and is being given opportunities by Conte, but he is certainly fourth in the pecking order.
But what about Mikel? Is his Chelsea career over?