A Premier League legend departs.
Fabregas officially left Chelsea yesterday as his move to Monaco was made official by both clubs. Fabregas had said his goodbyes in the game against Nottingham Forest and was his move to Monaco was on standby as Chelsea were waiting on a replacement. The replacement has not yet been announced though according to media outlets Chelsea have agreed deals with both Barella (Cagliari), and Paredes (Zenit) but are deciding which one to sign.
Fabregas joined Chelsea in 2014 during the FIFA World Cup and I still remember being so surprised to see him holding the Chelsea jersey in the hotel room and announcing he had signed for the club. Fabregas signed in Mourinho’s second season and joined the club along with Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, and Drogba in that window. Fabregas would go on to create a deadly partnership with Costa in that season as he registered 24 assists and 5 goals in 47 appearances playing alongside Matic in the midfield. Fabregas accomplished what he joined Chelsea for and won the Premier League and League Cup in his first season. 15/16 saw Fabregas make 49 appearances for the club but only register 9 assists and 6 goals as Chelsea finished 10th in the league in what was a dismally poor season for the club. 16/17 saw Conte appointed as the manager for Chelsea and after initially sitting on the bench Fabregas worked his way into Conte’s 3-4-3 formation. In 38 appearances he registered 15 assists and 7 goals, going on to win his second Premier League title. Fabregas featured heavily for Conte in the 17/18 season but after a great first half of the season Chelsea began to decline and finished 5th although Fabregas did manage an FA Cup winners medal. Still consistent Fabregas made 49 appearances and registered 9 assists 3 goals. This season Fabregas was used more as a substitute in Sarri’s 4-3-3 formation and so he decided to leave the club. As a fan I would have liked him to stay for the season as he could always make an impact and was arguably the better passer when compared to Jorginho. For me Fabregas’s assists will always be burnt in my memory and none better than the first goal he assisted in a Chelsea shirt which came against Burnley and was scored by Schurrle.
Fabregas might have originated in Barcelona, and been built at Arsenal, but his English success came at the Blue side of London, and it will be tough to see a better passer in the Premier League era. Good luck Cesc, and while you might not have the legs you still have the eye for a brilliant pass.