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Continuing the series with Francesc Fabregas' perceived strengths and weaknesses.

STRENGTHS:-

1. Pass master - Fabregas is extraordinarily gifted at threading killer passes from the deep and defence splitting passes just in the final third. With the movement of Diego Costa and Torres, clubs parking the bus against us, to grind out results because we are one dimensional, will simply not work anymore. His arrival will help since he will look to give the killer pass unlike Oscar who wants to score himself all by himself.

2. Scoring Ability - Playing out wide and as a false 9 for Barcelona over the past seasons has improved the scoring aspect of his game. With the exit of Lampard, he should supply goals from midfield. In comes Fabregas. He may not possess Lampard's knack of arriving late in the box nor long rangers but he is a better finisher, has better movement and finishes one-on-ones more than the legend.

3. A Drive and a Heart - When skills and tactics fails to win you a match, games are won by the heart at such stages. Fabregas offers that drive as he has the fight in him. There are many a match that such virtues will be needed and with Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, F. Luis, Matic, Hazard and Costa, we will be ready for war in matches where needed.

4. Leadership Qualities - At a very tender age, Fabregas actually carried Arsenal on his shoulders through the wilderness as club captain. With the exits of Lampard, A. Cole and D. Luiz, this seriously needed to push the team forward.

5. Tactical Nous - The job of the coach is made much easier with players that understand the tactical part of the game. La Masia and the Spanish League is much tactical than the EPL. This will help in Champions League matches and against top tier oppositions in the EPL especially the likes of the Manchester behemoths, Liverpool, Arsenal; teams that actually play intelligently.

6. Set Pieces - Blessed with players that pose aerial threat during set-pieces, our goals scored from set pieces dropped the past season because of poor set-piece takers. Fabregas has a wonderful ability from set pieces, be it corner kicks and free kicks; he could actually score some from promising positions.

WEAKNESSES:-

1. Temperament - He has clashed with Frank Lampard many times while at Arsenal and even during his Barcelona days. He could be hot-tempered sometimes which may not be forgiven quite easily in the EPL considering the fact that we're Chelsea. Being fairly hot-tempered may actually cause us some harm particular in matches against the Newcastle and West Ham of this word that like to kick players around.

2. Playacting and Diving - Diving (or dare I call it flying) is treated leniently in the Spanish League. Press hunting and bookings follow it in England. He needs to stay on his feet a little under minimal challenges, as referees may learn to overlook even genuine fouls that could earn us vital free kicks and heck spot kicks.

3. Stamina - He starts seasons on fire, banging in goals and assists but wanes as the season pushes to the business end. In one off matches, he tires off towards the later part of matches too; this may not be exposed in Spain so much because most teams tire out as well. These does not apply in England were players sweat blood and tears till the last minute. He needs to work on his stamina ASAP.

4. Defence - Even a CF defends in England, Fabregas has shown to be short in that department of his game. He seems slow and tackles poorly and does not make many interceptions. If used in the double pivot against high profile teams, we might be dangerously exposed since only Matic will be left to defend. His aerial abilities are also not up to scratch, this might make him struggle when the West Ham of this world enters the route one mode.

Let's discuss!

KTBFFH.




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Date:Sunday July 20 2014

Time: 6:54PM

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some spelling and grammatical errors... My bad!
Ikdaniels
Fabregas is not a better finisher than Lampard. Where did you get that he is???
FS
Stopped reading when I saw fabregas finishes better than lampard
Marcel
@marcel, stopped reading? That's ridiculous, I emphatically stated that the analysis is about the little I know and thus open to corrections.
Ikdaniels
As I have said before...he's Mata's replacement. Jose will never admit to being wrong but we all know he was. I see nothing but positives from having the Spaniard. His stamina issue can be addressed..I do see him featuring heavily as Mata did. Oscar can now be removed from the spotlight and allowed some rest.
had2bg
The only part I think you're totally wrong is the finishing comparison with Lamps otherwise good article. @Marcel am pretty sure you didn't stop reading, you simply wanted to use that sentence here. You just don't stop reading a Fabregas article considering how dull here has been for a while now.
Louis Lancuv
tenks so much @louis, that's such an encouragement.
Ikdaniels
IK, no mind am jare!!!! This has been a breath of fresh air considering all we seem to talk about lately revolves round Lukaku, Mikel, Ramires! Good article
Tunez
But IK, I disagree wi' you on the Fab>Lamps in finishing!!! Passing? Yes! Finishing? Never #cheersmate
Tunez
I stopped reading because wrongfully I thought the rest was going to follow that crazy statement! However after seeing it I hold my hands up to being wrong! Good article just disagreed with the finishing and better runs than Lampard! Frank made a career of arriving on time to slot ball home, but yes good article
Marcel
Great article! Don't mind those that won't read it to the end, some of us did. Yea, u missed the comparison with Lampard but u still did a good job with the rest. The part I like the most is the set piece taker. Thank u for reminding us. That is one thing we greatly missed last season. We took corner kicks like we were kicking a very heavy metal. He is also good at taking freekicks and have the confidence to take penalty.
Shyna
every player have their strengths and weeknesses,all that matters is he coming good for us.
smog
The stamina part means he has to be used smartly and the same goes for oscar. When they are not cutting it, jose needs to give them the deserved rest. I don't mind his temperament, it means he has little agressiveness in him and doesn't like to loose per se. While you seem spot on with his defending, i believe it isn't much of a problem just flash back to pirlo - de rossi combo and you would see similarities with fab - matic combo. His palyacting though is one thing that wouldn't be tolerated in chelsea as well as the BPL but am not worried, i believe the squad will rub off on him. Nice article by the way.
kolagold25
Much more than a Mata replacement, as he is a considerable upgrade!
Maestro_Zola
no true chelsea fan stops reading an article about the club or its players.. we may grit our teeths, feel the urge to wrap our hands round the writer's throat or do something silly like laughing out long and loud so much so that our colleagues ask what the heck is wrong and you can['t answer or on the negative side throw something thru a window... but all the same, we perserve and rea through the article IN DETAIL.. even the comments. LOL good article though
Dwonder
I'm learning a lot from your comments back here... Cheers
Ikdaniels
Yes hez a good finisher bt compare to lampard NO, & for the setpiece ever since mata left we havn't scored upto ten goals from either corners or freekicks, nice article by the way. Thumb up for you bro
BlueMachine_izu
About the stamina- I think he's still stronger than both Oscar and mata.....I'd pick Fabregas ahead of mata anyday,anytime, any planet.
Krested Kal-el
 

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