The 27-year-old has nine assists in the Premier League - two more than any other player - and has netted goals in both domestic competitions and the Champions League. The Blues early season successes - which see the West Londoners top the Premier League table whilst remaining undefeated in all competitions - have largely been down to Fabregas’s creative midfield play, and the Spanish international has brought a style of free-flowing football to Stamford Bridge not usually associated with Jose Mourinho.
Whilst many signings from foreign countries often take time to adapt to the Premier League, Fabregas has cemented himself as a key part of the Blues starting line-up, and his early career at Arsenal has created a player in the mould of few others, and it is his singularity in world football that had Jose Mourinho keen to secure Fabregas’s services over the summer.
Speaking to Chelsea TV, Mourinho said: “There are not many here because the Premier League needs other qualities too, and if you are just that type of intelligent, technical player but you don’t have the quality to compete and win first and second balls then to be intense is very difficult.
“There are not many players like this and that is why when we felt the chance to have Cesc Fabregas, we thought the player could give us important things but at the same time give us what the Premier League needs, because in the Premier League it is difficult to play when you are not aggressive and you don’t have good positional play.”
Fabregas spent eight years with the Gunners, progressing from promising youthful midfielder into one of the best in the game, before returning to childhood club Barcelona in 2011. His spell with Arsenal offered consistent first-team football in the Premier League, meaning that his growth as a footballer coincided with the English stye of the game, making him one of few players to represent both a continental and English style co-existing - and it is ironic that it is Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea who are benefitting from the Spaniard’s spell with the Gunners.