Chelsea fans are probably in their worst possible mood after their 3-0 loss to rivals Arsenal on Saturday. The Gunners could have won with even a more emphatic scoreline if they could take all their chances. Yes, Chelsea were that bad against Arsene Wenger’s boys yesterday making Le Professeur’s 20-year anniversary a memorable one. The Mirror has now come up with a story that London rivals West Ham United are strongly monitoring the situation of out of favour Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge and a January bid from the East London side could very well be on the cards.
Fabregas has been constantly overlooked by new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte since the Italian took charge of the Blues. For the first time this season, Fabregas was awarded a Premier League start by the former Juventus boss and it was against none other that the Spaniard’s former side Arsenal. However, the Spaniard failed to return the favour to his manager as he was pretty much subdued before being subbed off in the 55-th minute.
Fabregas’ future at Chelsea looks very bleak but are West Ham good enough to lure the midfielder away from Stamford Bridge? We would say no! West Ham experienced a sensational last season but things are not looking good for the Hammers this campaign as they could manage just one solitary win in six Premier League games this season. Their 3-0 loss to Southampton on Sunday added more pressure on under-fire manager Slaven Bilic.
Truth to be told, West Ham are nothing more than just a mid-table Premier League club right now. Yes, they do possess a strong ambition unlike most clubs in the top tier but this season should have been the one when they could have made it big. The Hammers failed to take their chances. It is not the end of the world for the East London club but they must improve really soon to save their season.
Cesc Fabregas is a player who can prove to be your biggest asset while at the same time, he could be your biggest weakness. A proven playmaker who can find his teammates beating any defence in the world, questions have always been asked about his work ethics and defensive abilities. A manager needs to use him wisely to get the best out of him. Conte’s football is highly dependant on work rate and that is why Fabregas, with all his undisputed midfield abilities, find himself on the fringes of the Chelsea team.
Now 29, Fabregas do not have too many years left in him but would command a healthy wage. Also, his work rate will be even worse now. However, the World Cup and Euro Cup winner with Spain should still be able to do well in leagues like La Liga or Serie A. Why would he move to a struggling mid-table Premier League club! A move to West Ham does not make much sense for the player. On the other hand, West Ham does not have the right ingredients to attract such a global superstar even though he is not at his best.
If West Ham could have started their season brightly, this rumour would have made much more sense but realistically saying, the best the Hammers could manage this season after such a disastrous start is a high bottom half finish. Attracting player of Fabregas’ caliber seems really farfetched at this moment. A good run of form from the Hammers could change the picture, though.