Cesc Fabregas’s fall from the ranks at Chelsea is one that has come as a surprise to many. The Spain international has only featured for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea 3 times in the Premier League this season. Out of those 3 appearances, only once did he start the match— the game against Arsenal, and unfortunately, that was the exact game that sealed his place on the bench; at least, for now. After performing convincingly well against Leicester in the League Cup, Fabregas was noticeably below par against Arsenal. That prompted his substitution in only the 50th plus minute. Ever since then, he has not featured for Chelsea, and without him, Chelsea have won 5 games on the bounce in the EPL— with the help of Pedro, who was also once relegated to the bench, following a string of poor performances. However, during Willian’s leave after his mother’s death, he was given a chance back into the team, and he has taken it with every seriousness. He has scored 3 times, and has notched a remarkable number of assists in as many games. Against Manchester United and Everton, Pedro was particularly impressive, and probably would have won ‘Man of the Match’ if the likes of Hazard wasn’t on the pitch on those occasions. Such has been Pedro’s revival, that he’s already being said to be having his best season in recent years.
The story of Pedro’s revival, and re-entry into Conte’s starting 11 that is one that shows that even Fabregas may not be done with Chelsea (or Chelsea may not be done with Fabregas). There have been rumours of an impending exit, but it doesn’t have to end like that, if he is patient enough, and seize his opportunity when it comes (again). He may have disappointed in his last game, but if he puts in enough effort in training, and Conte sees it, he’ll hand him another chance — he just has to be ready to take it when it comes. It’s no longer a question of him having the ability to play well; he’s a top player, as his track record shows, but he needs to play the way the coach wants him to. Fabregas has always been an important player for us, and he was instrumental to our triumph to the top of the League last year, so it’d be sad to see him leave. I just hope the story of Pedro’s revival can be an inspiration to him.