Our midfield maestro, Cesc Fabregas was very prominent in our preseason fixtures before he sustained an injury days to the start of the season. He’s still on the way to fully recovering, but one can’t help but wonder what life may hold for the pass master this season, considering the array of talent at Sarri’s disposal.
Before now, it probably wouldn’t be a problem finding a way back in, with Tiemoue Bakayoko his only real competition. However, the summer arrivals of Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic as well as the new-found form of January signing Ross Barkley, may have made that reality a little more difficult to believe.
Jorginho has no doubt proven he’s worth every penny invested in his purchase, and judging from his performance in our three games so far, his place is sure. Kovacic is a strong contender for a place in that midfield as well, and we have seen him perform so well in two games now. N’Golo Kanté, as always, is of course, not a dispensable part of our centre, so this leaves little or no room for Fabregas to return to the starting eleven at Chelsea. This is the reason injuries are a player’s worst nightmare; because they can be the difference between success and a failed career.
This of course, wouldn’t be a first for Fabregas. In 2016/17, he had a bit of a difficulty convincing Conte he was good enough for his team, and although he eventually found a way in, he still suffered the ignominy of seeing the club bring in Bakayoko from Monaco.
For me, Fabregas’ biggest challenge isn’t even the fact that he’s currently out, it is whether he will be able to take his chance well enough if, and when it’s handed him, given the caliber of midfielders we currently have.
Fabregas might have proven himself during pre-season, and of course we all know the quality of the Spaniard, but it won’t be an easy walk for him into the starting eleven. It’s a sad reality for him, but one I find very interesting for the club. We now have options, so players have to put in way more effort than ever. The times do look good for Chelsea under the present management, and there’s good optimism for a complete attitudinal turnaround in our team.