After 501 club appearances in English football, it looks as if Cesc Fabregas is on his way out of Chelsea and the Premier League this month, with Monaco heavily touted as his next destination.
Having been subbed off in the final few minutes of the Blues 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday, Fabregas bid an emotional farewell to fans at Stamford Bridge.
Of course, now that he’s on his way out of the Premier League and is heading towards the end of his illustrious career, it’s likely that Cesc’s reputation will go through the roof.
Much like Paul Scholes before him, you get the sense that Fabgreas will only now start to receive the recognition he deserves, with his reliable playmaking brilliance seemingly taken for granted over the years.
It’s funny how you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, isn’t it?
Fabregas has been there and seen it all.
It’s easy to forget now, but he was just 16 when he made his Premier League debut with Arsenal, bursting onto the scene at the peak of Arsene Wenger’s powers amidst the age of ‘the Invincibles’.
Of course, there’s little love for him in North London these days, but he’s since found a new home with Chelsea, where his abilities shone brightest during the Blues title-winning campaign of 2014/15 under Jose Mourinho, when he formed a lethal partnership with Diego Costa.
But over the last couple of seasons, he’s struggled to nail-down a regular starting spot at Chelsea and has slowly faded into the background. Out of sight, out of mind.
True, he was perhaps the biggest midfielder in the world back in 2010 when he assisted Andres Iniesta’s World Cup winning goal and sealed his dream move to Barcelona.
But if truth be told, Fabregas has rarely been sounded out above his peers for his wonderful technique, vision and passing ability, and that’s a real shame.
Mark my words, in years to come, he’ll be spoken about in the same breath as legends like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes.
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