Cesc Fabregas was a critical piece of Chelsea’s title run two seasons ago. Now, he’s barely a fringe player.
With just 87 Premier League minutes to his name this season, rumors are flying that the Spaniard could be on his way out, not a part of the Blues’ future.
According to the Daily Mail (which at this point could mean a number of things), West Ham could be interested in a January loan move, especially if Dimitri Payet follows up on comments that he could potentially leave in January.
“We’ve had a very poor start to the season,” Payet told French TV program Telefoot. “Will I go in January? I’m asking other questions right now but I’ve closed the door to nothing.”
The Hammers sit just a point above the relegation zone, and in particular Payet seems to have run out of magic, with just one goal and five assists on the season, and just a single assist in his last four. As teams game-plan around Payet, he has been isolated in the middle of the field, unable to break down opposing defenses on his own and with little help.
Should the Frenchman leave, or even if he stays, Fabregas could be an attractive option for the Hammers to supplement their playmaking abilities, especially if Chelsea were to subsidize the Spaniard’s wages, as the Daily Mail reports.
West Ham could also be an attractive option for Fabregas, with the opportunity to stay in London and prove his worth to Antonio Conte on a short-term loan just down the street. His contract runs through 2019, just two months after his 32nd birthday.
Despite already having Fabregas in tow, Conte clearly prefers midfielders like N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, while looking for his playmakers like Eden Hazard, Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses, and Pedro to do their work primarily on the wings. With this preference of style, it makes sense that players like Radja Nainggolan and Geoffrey Kondogbia are linked to future Blues moves, while Fabregas is frozen out.