Although his career may be on the downhill slope now, Cesc Fabregas plays a vital role in Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.
Having been a key component of Chelsea’s 2014/15 and 2016/17 Premier League wins, Fabregas doesn’t have the legs to regularly start nowadays.
But as someone who’s physicality isn’t their main asset, he can still have an effect this season.
Whilst he’ll be mostly playing as a back-up to Jorginho, Fabregas’ style of play fits with Sarri’s philosophy.
The Spaniards ability to dictate the tempo of the game fits with Sarri’s possession-based way of playing.
So if Sarri decides to rest Jorginho – Chelsea are playing in four competitions this season – Fabregas is the ideal replacement.
Therefore, amid reported interest from Atletico Madrid, Chelsea should make sure to hold onto the World Cup winner.
Fabregas’ contract is out in the summer, so Chelsea should look to tie him down with a new one soon.
Even if it’s only for another season, Fabregas doesn’t seem disillusioned by not starting every week, making him the perfect back-up.
And he’d also be a good mentor to any youngsters coming through the academy.
Players like Ethan Ampadu and Mason Mount are looking to break into the Chelsea first-team, but could learn a lot from Fabregas’s experiences.
Therefore, in light of interest in Fabregas, Chelsea should hold onto him, as he’s the perfect back-up and excellent tutor.