Where does Cesc Fabregas rank amongst the all-time Premier League midfielders?

Where does Cesc Fabregas rank amongst the all-time Premier League midfielders?

Where does Cesc Fabregas rank amongst the all-time Premier League midfielders?

Cesc Fabregas looks to have played his last ever game in English football as he captained Chelsea to their 2-0 FA Cup third round victory against Championship side Nottingham Forest. It looked like it was going to be a perfect send-off for the Spaniard as Loftus-Cheek was brought down for a penalty in the first-half. However, Fabregas was denied one last goal as Luke Steele guessed the right way and turned the spot-kick around the post.

Fabregas left the pitch to a standing ovation from the Stamford Bridge faithful and in floods of tears when he made way for N’Golo Kante – as he looks set to link-up with former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry at Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco.

The 31-year-old has won two Premier Leagues, two FA Cups, a League Cup and a Community Shield during his time in England, and while he might not have the scoring ability of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard – his passing ability, being able to flick a switch and set-up a goal in an instant and being in control of the game, undoubtably makes him one of the best midfielders ever to grace the Premier League.

Two seasons ago Cesc made his 100th Premier League assist when he picked out Willian, who then found the net against Stoke, in the process he became the fastest ever player to reach the landmark. While only Welshman Ryan Giggs and English duo Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney have also made it to a ton – and they had much longer careers in the English topflight than Fabregas. The World Cup winner managed to provide another 11 since – therefore, the second-most all-time assists behind only Giggs, albeit by a landslide 51. With 111 assists to his name, that’s 30 more than any other player currently playing in the Prem.

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What makes Fabregas different to his nearest competitors, is that Giggs, Dennis Bergkamp, Henry and Gerrard made their assists for one team and became legends at those clubs doing so. Fabregas, on the other hand, came through the ranks at London rivals Arsenal, making a name for himself when Patrick Vieira moved to Juventus. He later became the Gunners captain and carried them on his shoulders for years, although, he won nothing more than FA Cup before moving back to his boyhood club Barcelona.

Two years later the Spaniard arrived back in London, but this time as a Chelsea player – after Arsene Wenger refused the option to buy him back. In his first season back in England, Fabregas was a key part in Chelsea lifting the Premier League – something he couldn’t achieve at Arsenal. The midfielder was unstoppable that season and will be remembered for his amazing link-up play with fellow Spanish international Diego Costa – as he made more assists than David Silva, Juan Mata and Mesut Ozil put together.

Chelsea were awful in his second season at the Bridge and Jose Mourinho was subsequently sacked. However, in the following season under Antonio Conte, the Blues won the league again and Fabregas provided another 12 assists in the process – having just started 13 times.

Fabregas may not to be up to Premier League standard anymore, but the fact he has played 350 games in what people claim is ‘the best league in the world’, scored 50 goals, assisted a further 111 and been victorious on 200 occasions, goes to show that he is one of the greatest midfielders ever to grace the division.