The 23-year-old Arsenal star has been described as the ‘complete midfielder’ with his superb displays this term, rounded off admirably by his winning goal in the FA Cup Final last Saturday.
Aaron Ramsey has been with Arsenal since 2008 when he joined from Cardiff City aged just 18 to join the likes of Fabregas, Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri in midfield.
Fabregas was on the field as Ryan Shawcross’ horrific tackle broke the Welsh youngster’s leg just as he’d begun to break into the team on a regular basis but the Spain star would likely be more than impressed by how the Gunners’ star has worked to overcome his injury since.
Ramsey scored 10 goals and made 8 assists for Arsenal in the Premier League this term across 20 starts and 23 appearances overall. If we go back to Fabregas’ season when he was 23, back in 2010/11, the then skipper scored three goals and made 11 assists in the Premier League.
Despite playing a slightly freer role in the team back then, the captain didn’t get on the score sheet quite as often as his current box-to-box counterpart but he did provide more assists for his teammates that term, across 22 starts and 25 appearances in the league overall.
The Welshman also enjoyed a higher pass completion rate this term than his Spanish friend did at the same age – Ramsey completed 84.4% of his attempted passes to Fabregas’ 80.5% completion rate. However, Ramsey took fewer shots per game with his 2.2 on average to Fabregas’ slightly superior 2.8 per game on average.
Fabregas picked up two Man of the Match awards across the 2010/11 season whilst Ramsey was awarded five. Defensively, Ramsey made an average of 3.3 tackles per game to Fabregas’ 1.6 per game on average, they mad exactly the same number of interceptions on average (one per game), with Fabregas making a marginally higher number of clearances with 0.8 per game on average to Ramsey’s 0.6.
Offensively, Fabregas made more key passes on average that term with 2.9 per game to Ramsey’s 1.4 this term (which again could be due to the former’s freer role in that team perhaps) but Ramsey completed more dribbles on average with his 1.3 per game to Fabregas’ one per game.
Overall, looking at the numbers, it looks very much as though Aaron Ramsey is the more effective and efficient in a number of areas than the former captain was at the same age.
They played roughly the same number of games, give or take one or two, and their output is remarkably close. Ramsey scores more goals than Fabregas did, and completes a higher percentage of his passes. Ramsey is undoubtedly the more valuable defensively although, given his slightly deeper role with more defensive responsibility, that’s no surprise.
If you take into account the players they played with and around, Fabregas was undoubtedly the best player in that team and usually on the pitch in most games, in terms of technical quality. Overall the teams are remarkably similar in terms of the quality throughout, perhaps the difference would be the experience the players who played in both teams then and now, have acquired since.
Aaron Ramsey is not only Arsenal’s man of the moment but, crucially, it looks very much as though he will be an even bigger man of the future, if he continues to develop at the rate he is presently, there is a strong likelihood he will be a better player than Cesc Fabregas is now in the years to come.