Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has had his say regarding the publicity over his lack of assists after notching 15 in the first half of the season for the league leaders. Fabregas’s form has dipped in the second half of the season in each of his last six seasons, something which has been well documented.
At his home town club of Barcelona, his lack of intensity in the second half of the season when the honour are handed, just wasn’t presence which eventually made him surplus to requirements.
Hamstring issues have hindered the Spaniard throughout his career and has once again come back to haunt him this season, but Fabregas has a different theory as to why his form, and particularly his assists, have dried up.
“I don’t expect from midfield, from nearly getting the ball off John Terry, to get an assist per game,” he told the Evening Standard.
“If I was playing next to Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard every game, then I’d say maybe [I could do that].”
Fabregas is playing in a different position to the one he was used to at Barcelona and Arsenal, where Jose Mourinho wants him to operate in a deeper position in midfield next to Nemanja Matic.
At his two previous clubs, he was playing higher up the pitch which would make it probable for Fabregas to play a final pass, but the numbers still dipped at those clubs.
Chelsea really need their playmaker to regain his form if they are to seal their first Premier League title since 2010.