Fabregas Should not be Mata 2.0
One the most recent baffling transfers away from the club was the sale of Juan Mata. It was surprising that arguably the best player at the club for two seasons was sold to a perennial rival in Manchester United. It went against the unwritten law of 'never enforcing your rival'. On the flip side, Mata was at the peak of his powers and staying at Chelsea and settling for a berth on the bench could've been detrimental to both his footballing pedigree and national team chances.
Fabregas is stuck in the same limbo, he has to do more than just pinging those beautiful passes and assists. It's his positioning and his non-existant athleticism that has costed him permanent residence inConte's side. So, is it all doom and gloom for Fabregas?
The club's next mission will be to make forays into the european elite cliques, the Bayern, Madrid and Barcelona's of this world. These teams have always had that mercurial midfielder who can make that killer pass in a blink of an eye, that is what mostly sets the elite apart. Someone who can be the difference between attack and defense. Fabregas is that player, he'll just need one opening to thread in that magical weighted pass.
For all rave reviews the 4-3-3 formation gets, their's is a small inferno to Conte's holy grail that is the 3-5-2 formation, the system that surmounted him to an incredible run at Juventus and that incredible showing Italy had at the Euros. Fabregas could play the same role Pirlo executed under Conte in Turin; and Matic and Kante could play the supporting cast.
But then again, there is an 'if' in Fabregas' case. A sort of a proviso if he is to stay. Conte craves for that box-to-box midfielder who would really balance up this Chelsea squad. Naingolann's name has been bandied about by some sections of the media and now Bakayoko and Kessie are in the conversation too, it's this and Conte's regard for Fabregas that will decide Cesc's future at the club.
Conte and the club can't manage to make the mistake Jose made in his tenure-selling Chelsea's best chance creator at the time and replacing him with power and pace in Willian. As it turned out in Jose's last season, it was Mata's creativity which we missed most and probably cost him his dream to build a dynasty at the bridge.
Letting Fabregas go could be making the same mistake twice in ample time. He may not be blessed with pace or a burly body, but what he doesn't have in physique, he does compensate for by being thegauntlet of creation in the team.