Cesc Fabregas: 6 Reasons for Chelsea Fans to Get Excited About New Signing
The player wrote on his Facebook page:
Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed 3 wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team.
I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time for me to return. Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option and therefore it wasn't meant to be. I wish them well in the future.
I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing.
It was extremely important to me that this transfer was completed before the World Cup so that my mind will only be focused on hopefully helping my country try to retain the trophy.
Now that we've dispensed with the formalities, here are six reasons why Blues fans should be very excited by this news.
He Brings Proven Quality
According to WhoScored.com, Fabregas created more clear-cut chances than any player in any of Europe’s top five leagues last season (27).
While Chelsea’s existing crop of attacking talent certainly isn't short on skill, adding a player with the ability to turn half-chances into assists will only serve to improve their goalscoring ratio.
He Is Versatile
Versatility is an attribute that should not be underestimated in a Jose Mourinho side.
Fabregas is comfortable playing anywhere in the midfield and has the balance between defence and attack just right.
While he is likely to play alongside Nemanja Matic in the pivot, he can also provide cover in an advanced midfield role without limiting his contribution to the side.
He Can Act as an Emergency Striker
Chelsea’s main problem since Didier Drogba left has been a lack of goals. Although a new striker is supposedly arriving at Stamford Bridge next season, Fabregas has proven his ability to act as an emergency forward.
His relationship with Fernando Torres could also help to improve the £50 million striker, but it's probably not a good idea to bet your mortgage on it.
He Has Leadership Skills
It’s a given that John Terry is unlikely to relinquish the captain’s armband at Stamford Bridge anytime soon.
However, having waved goodbye to vice-captain Frank Lampard, Chelsea have brought in a player who could join the list of leaders.
Fabregas captained Arsenal for three years. At 27 years old, he has the maturity and experience to lead by example. His unquestionable passion for the game and drive to succeed could see him join the captain’s rotation at Chelsea at a crucial time.
He Has Unfinished Business
Although the World Cup medal probably takes the edge off, Fabregas’ statement alluded to the fact that he doesn’t have a Premier League title in his collection.
With domestic glory Chelsea’s No. 1 priority next season, adding a player of his quality who has the same ambition will only make them stronger.
A Champions League medal probably wouldn’t go amiss, either.
It Will Really Wind Up Arsenal Fans
If none of those reasons have you excited, just picture the face of your favourite Gooner.
Failing that, head over to talkSPORT.
Trolling Arsenal is a treasured hobby for Chelsea, and Mourinho loves it too.
As if battering them 6-0 last season wasn’t enough, the icing on the cake must be their reaction to seeing one of their prodigal sons wearing a blue shirt next season, despite having the first option to buy him.