How Good Is Cesc Fabregas?

Yesterday we saw the impact the little magician can make in a 21 minute cameo.

He scored two beautiful goals, changed the game and made sure Arsenal took away all 3 points, and on top of that put pressure on Chelsea and Manchester United at the top of the table.

And this was against an Aston Villa side who were sitting fourth in the table, and had already notched up victories against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

So not against a team that that you would say was struggling this season, but the exact opposite in fact – Aston Villa have been flying this year.

But exactly how good is Cesc Fabregas?

I talked about this with my father yesterday (as Cesc was single-handedly ripping Villa apart) and he argued that Fabregas was on the same level as Xavi and Iniesta at Barcelona.

But is he really?

I argued that Cesc Fabregas was in fact under-rated by most people, and that our captain was actually far better than the midfield duo at the Camp Nou.

I know it sounds slightly crazy, but hear me out for a moment.

Statistically this season, Fabregas is far superior to both Xavi and Iniesta. In all competitions, Fabregas has played 20 games, scored 10 goals and has an amazing 15 assists. Xavi has 27 appearances and 3 goals, and Iniesta has 21 games and no goals.

Cesc not only has a far superior record than those players, but also has a record most top class strikers would envy.

And if you compare the two sides these players play for, you could argue that Cesc has the upper hand there as well. If we’re honest, this current Barcelona team are arguably not just the best club side in the world, but possibly one of the greatest club sides in footballing history.

After winning the treble last season, they followed that success by winning the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup and then the World Club Cup. Pepe Guardiola has won everything he could possibly win with Barcelona in less than 2 seasons in charge, a feat that surely won’t be achieved again any time soon.

So it would be fair to say that Cesc is out-performing the Barcelona boys in an arguably weaker side (and obviously I mean than in the nicest possible way). The fact is Xavi and Iniesta are playing alongside some of the greatest players in the world, such as Messi and Ibrahimovic.

And let’s be honest, if someone like Ronaldo, Kaka, Ronaldihno, Messi or Ibrahimovic had done what Cesc did yesterday then the world would be praising them as the greatest player in world football. Everyone would be going crazy over the whole thing!

Cesc Fabregas has to be one of the best players not just in England but in the world.

8 thoughts on “How Good Is Cesc Fabregas?

  1. I agree that Cesc is an extremely fine player, and potentially on the same level as Xavi and Iniesta. However, you can’t simply provide an analysis of ‘he scores more goals so he’s better’ because a central midfielder’s role is not to score goals but to dictate tempo, control the game, pick open defences with passes, etc.

    The fact that Barcelona have 3 truly world class strikers (and also quality youth such as Bojan and Pedro) means that Xavi and Iniesta don’t have to score the goals themselves. The fact that they are the heartbeat and lifeblood of one of the greatest sides in living memory is evidence enough of their class, despite their inferior scoring record.

  2. @yay….
    this Barcelona team is not the greatest ever…yes they are one of the best, if they want to become the greatest they need to show that they can at least win 2,3 silverware this season…if they do that, then we can call them the greatest team ever….but, i can’t see that happening that easily..
    (Arsenal batch of 03/04 gone entire season with out loosing a single game, so are they the greatest……) even Barcelona could not better that, Can they?

  3. Cesc is far better than Xavi & Iniesta, go to espnsoccernet.com and compare the stats of each player from the last 5 years, he is by far the better player. Last year he was average because of the injury while Xavi had an unbelievable year, but overall he has more assist and more goals than those two fools over the last 5 years

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