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Just how important is Cesc Fabregas to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea?

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When Cesc Fabregas joined from Barcelona three seasons ago, Chelsea welcomed a world-class midfielder. The Blues fans were right to be happy, as the Spaniard helped them to the title in his first campaign, playing 34 times, weighing in with 18 assists.

However, in his second season at the club, the former Barcelona man became a bit of a villain around Stamford Bridge, as his name often appeared among the group of players that were allegedly attempting to get Jose Mourinho sacked.

Mourinho left midway through a season where Fabregas only picked up seven assists and five goals. Yet, he featured in every fixture the Portuguese boss managed, and only missed one game over the course of the 2015/16 campaign.

 

In fact, Fabregas has already matched his assists output of last season and is only two goals shy of matching his goals tally too, with 11 game weeks left to play.

Having spent most of his time on the bench under Antonio Conte, who has opted for a midfield partnership of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic this season, Fabregas has impressed whenever he has been given the chance to.

The former Barcelona man is the third highest ranked Chelsea player on the chances-created rankings, having made 29 opportunities for his teammates. Only key player Eden Hazard and the Brazilian Willian have more, with 52 and 35, respectively.

 

Fabregas also boasts an 84% pass accuracy and 441 of them have seen the ball move forward. He provides a forward-thinking momentum in Chelsea’s midfield that was shown in the win against Swansea recently. Fabregas’ pass through the lines allowed his compatriot Pedro to turn into space and get a shot on goal, which ended up going in.

His assist for Pedro’s goal was number 102 in 300 Premier League appearances, drawing him level with Lampard in second on the all-time highest Premier League assists chart.

Fabregas is also forward-thinking in terms of dribbling. The Spaniard has completed 100% of the six take-ons he’s attempted this season.

 

One department the 29-year-old will be keen to improve on during the closing stages of the Premier League campaign, however, is goal scoring. Fabregas only has three goals in 17 appearances making him Chelsea’s eighth highest Premier League goalscorer this term, level with Gary Cahill and Victor Moses.

Having not been preferred by Conte for much of this season, Fabregas has still played a key role for his side and has looked impressive every time he has taken to a football field. Chelsea fans will be hoping he can carry on his form as the Blues look set to win their fifth league title.

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