31 year old Spaniard Cesc Fabregas completed a transfer from Chelsea Football Club to AS Monaco on Friday January 11. The transfer fee is currently unknown but Fabregas will be at AS Monaco for the next 3.5 years. The creative deep-lying playmaker will do his best to help lift his new side from the Ligue 1 relegation zone.
Cesc Fabregas’ four-year spell with Chelsea included one League Cup, two FA Cups, and two Premier League titles. He participated in a total of 198 games for the Blues with 57 assists and 22 goals. Over the years, the game itself has flourished and developed much higher tempo and pressing systems that do not play to Fabregas’ strengths. Although his legs are dwindling, Cesc’s range of passing and vision are still one of the greatest in world football. He will be influential for new club Monaco on and off the pitch. Such an experienced player will be an asset for younger players and will surely be missed by Chelsea.
Because of his lack of pace and work rate, Cesc Fabregas is best utilized in a three-man midfield where another teammate could pick up his defensive duties. Unfortunately, AS Monaco is accustomed to a 4-4-2 formation so, manager Thierry Henry will have to make a difficult decision with his new player. When in the lineup, Cesc will most likely dictate the game from deeper on the pitch, allowing box-to-box midefielder Youri Tielemans to play closer to the fowards. Cesc Fabregas will be trying his hardest to supply striker Radamel Falcao, who leads the squad with seven goals, with the service he requires.
Chelsea fans will be sad to see Fabregas leave, but will be grateful for the 4.5 years he gave to the Blues. The following tweet shows Cesc’s final teary-eyed goodbye at Stamford Bridge
Cesc Fabregas leaving the field for the final time as a Chelsea player.
Once a Blue, always a Blue. 💙pic.twitter.com/6NR3yQzvzN
— Chelsea FC News (@Chelsea_FL) January 5, 2019