Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Glenn Hoddle feels Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas' off the ball movement has been massively overlooked due to his precise passing style.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was one of the shock transfers of the summer as he joined Jose Mourinho’s side for a reported €33 million fee.
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As proven by the table provided by Opta Stats, Fabregas has been in top form at Stamford Bridge and has created a number of opportunities for his teammates.
Aside from the 25 chances created, the Spanish international has completed an impressive 89.8 of his passes – an incredible statistic in the fast-paced Premier League.
Former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle is a big admirer of the midfielder, yet he feels Fabregas contributes more than he’s credited for as he highlights a key area of his game which has been overlooked.
“Plenty has been said about Cesc Fabregas's passing but there's a part of his game that has been overlooked and which is just as important to Chelsea. That's the runs he makes for his team-mates on the overlap to get beyond the player in possession and provide an option in a position which hurts the opposition.” He wrote in his blog for the Daily Mail.
“He'll go round the outside of his team-mate, bursting a gut to do it, and create a chance just by the timing of his run. Some players can do that 12 times in a game and never affect it. But he can smell the opportunities in the final third, when it's right to go and better to stay.”
“He reads the situation so well, his timing is perfect and he knows when it's going to hurt. On at least five occasions this season I've seen him do it to create a goal.”