Fabregas joined Barcelona from Arsenal after probably the biggest transfer saga ever in the history of football. The transfer saw Barca splash out €29 million up front and another €5 million on variables but has the Catalan club used him as much as they wanted him from Arsenal? However it is safe to say that Fabregas is the future of Barcelona’s midfield.
Probably the biggest dilemma faced by Guardiola and current manager Tito Vilanova is the question of how can they possibly replace the midfield maestro Xavi. The Spaniard has been an influential figure for Barcelona’s recent commanding success all over the Europe. He is the single-most important player in Barca, who dictates the game from the centre, for a team which considered to be the best organic team in the modern era, providing the perfect link between defense and attack.Cesc Fabregas – The Future of Barcelona’s midfield
With a total 62 appearances in all competition and almost half of it from the bench, Fabregas is yet to contribute anything bigger in a Barcelona shirt. However age is on his side for Fabregas as he is still only 25 years old and his ageing counterpart Xavi is already nearing 33 years and it can be for-seen that Xavi has maybe one more year left in him before he hangs up his boots to say goodbye to his glorious career. The midfielder has been suffering from persistent knee problems that prevent him from playing every single game and even if he continues to play after next season, it may not be the same old Xavi we have seen.
The former Arsenal captain stepped up at the right occasion for the Catalans on Saturday night putting in an excellent performance in a nail biting encounter against Deportivo La Coruna. The match ended with a scoreline of 4-5 in favor of Barcelona thanks to the heroics of Fabregas and Messi. It was a rare opportunity for Fabregas to take the responsibility for setting up goals as Xavi was rested after his midweek exploits with Spain’s world cup qualifiers. Fabregas certainly made the most of the chance, recording three exquisite assists with some excellent through balls which even Xavi would have been proud off thus proving the critics that he is still the right man to replace the throne of Xavi at Barca’s midfield.
In recent times, Fabregas has been used in a more attacking position much like a false 9 for both Spain and Barcelona, which is clearly not his best suite. And when given the chance to play in his favored position the midfielder looked more energetic, composed and creative. Cesc provided the first assist with less than three minutes on the clock as he threaded a perfectly weighted pass into the on rushing Jordi Alba, who placed the ball in the back of the net for the opening goal. It was easily the best performance by Fabregas in a Barcelona shirt and talking to the press after the match, the Spaniard claimed:
“Since the start of the season I’ve been very comfortable with the system. I’ve always played in this position since childhood – it suits my game.
“In general our first half was excellent,” Fabregas added. “We dominated the game and we were the superior side, but it’s clear that we have to analyse the four goals that they scored.”
Fabregas was more than happy to pay tribute to Messi, commenting: “Leo had been on a very long journey with his international team but he’s always here for us. He gives us so much and deserves immense credit. Messi is simply from another planet.”