Cesc Fabregas reminded us all of his quality with a passing masterclass in his side’s crucial 1-0 victory over Manchester United yesterday.
Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder dictated the tempo of his side’s play throughout, producing a selection of through balls and perfectly weighted passes down the channels.
It is true that the talented playmaker struggles at times, when playing as part of a midfield two where his lack of mobility and tactical discipline can be exposed but if he plays in a three, with two more defensive minded team-mates, the 30-year-old is still a truly world-class performer.
With N’Golo Kante and Tiémoué Bakayoko by his side yesterday Fabregas flourished and his ability to play decisive forward passes was one of the key reasons Chelsea were such good value for their 1-0 win.
Despite struggling to nail down a regular staring spot in Antonio Conte’s title winning team last season the ex-Barcelona man still managed to contribute 12 assists at a rate of one per 103 minutes played.
In fact the mercurial Spain international is the only player to have ever managed 10 or more assists in six different Premier League seasons and currently sits second in the list of all-time assists behind Ryan Giggs, despite having spent three seasons at the Nou Camp.
Instead of criticising Fabregas for the perceived weaknesses in his game we should all just appreciate him for what he is, one of the all-time Premier League greats.
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