Pundit sends message to Chelsea fans about Cesc Fabregas
The Arsenal legend doesn't expect Cesc Fabregas to start in Chelsea's biggest Premier League games next season
Stewart Robson believes Cesc Fabregas won’t play in Chelsea’s biggest games next season.
The Spain international initially struggled to make an impression under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last season but the 29-year-old came into his own in the second half of the campaign.
Fabregas still managed to score five goals and make 12 assists in 13 starts and 16 substitute appearances in the Premier League last season.
Indeed, the former Arsenal captain’s Premier League experience proved a valuable commodity to Conte as the midfielder helped the west London side wrap up the title with two games to spare.
Fabregas appears to be set to remain at the west London club for another season given Nemanja Matic is being linked with a potential exit following the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Former Arsenal striker Robson made the bold claim that Fabregas will only be utilised in Chelsea’s crunch Premier League games next season when Conte needs to call on the playmaker’s experience.
“Fabregas can’t defend when he is in the side,” Robson told ESPN FC.
“He has people running off him despite him being very good with the ball.
“He won’t play in the big games [next season].”
Fabregas moved to Chelsea in a £27m deal from La Liga giants Barcelona in the 2014 summer transfer window.
The Blues star has won two Premier League titles and the EFL Cup during his three seasons at Stamford Bridge so far.