Fabregas got his 10th and 11th assists of the season yesterday as we played against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge. He probably would have gotten on the score sheet too if luck had been more on his side.

In the absence of the injured N’Golo Kante, the Spaniard shone and bossed the midfield. His midfield partner, Nemanja Matic did get on the score sheet, but it was Fabregas who had the most eye catching performance on the night.

It was only his 11th start of the season, and he made it count, like he’s so often done this season, and that is what makes him an asset. For me, what sets you apart as a star is your ability to give your best no matter the situation you find yourself. Fabregas has every reason to be upset but he has put a positive energy in his game and gave one of the best midfield performances this campaign to the extent that we forgot about Kante for a moment.

The Spaniard has always turned up when needed. Not even the transfer rumors regarding his situation at Chelsea has affected his game. It’s an admirable trait. He has character…true star stuff!

Kante is undoubtedly the league’s best defensive asset considering he’s been phenomenal this term and the accolades he has for it all, but that honestly does not make Fabregas dispensable. For all his defensive abilities, his passing is nothing near that of Fabregas. Not even his contributions to goal can be compared to the Spaniard’s. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should do away with Kante because we need Fabregas more, of course, not. I’m just saying that we shouldn’t disregard what Fabregas brings to the table just because we have Kante and Matic. They’re both wonderful and important players, and we should try to keep them both. It would seem like a difficult thing to do, but I don’t think it’s impossible.

Fabregas hasn’t complained of his situation, which has gotten better even through these past few months. With all the rumours linking him with a move away, he has remained calm and committed to the Chelsea cause. He doesn’t seem intent on leaving, and I honestly think that with some more reassuring, he wouldn’t want to leave us for anywhere. Fabregas is just 30, but he’s still as important as ever.

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King Jay is a writer/broadcaster with years of experience under his belt. His love affair with Chelsea actually began as a joke, but today, he stands tall as a die-hard blue. What makes him perfect for this blog? He lives for Chelsea FC, in fact, I heard he sat in the middle of a road, and refused to go home after that bitter loss to Barcelona in 2009. Haha.