Cesc Fabregas has been an important player for Chelsea since signing for the Blues in 2014 from Barcelona.
However, Fabregas’ stock has fallen under Maurizio Sarri as the new Chelsea boss prefers summer signing Jorginho.
Sarri prefers a midfield three of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic and former Chelsea star Joe Cole has revealed that Kovacic is a better option in the Chelsea midfield than Fabregas.
Kovacic has made 14 Chelsea appearances but is yet to record a goal, and Cole thinks the Croat on loan from Real Madrid offers more attacking and defensively compared to Fabregas.
Joe Cole told BT Sport: “I think he’s different class.
“We know he isn’t a prolific goalscorer from midfield but when you watch him closely what he does is he drives with the ball.
“Straight away that’s unnerving the [opposition] back four because he’s got that ability to just ghost past players.
“Cesc Fabregas is a great player but what he gives Chelsea on top of what Cesc can’t do is he can drive and take players out of the game from a central midfield position.
“It allows space then for the Willians, the Eden Hazards and the Pedros to receive the ball.
“I think he’s vital for the way Chelsea want to play.
“He would like to score more goals from midfield I’m sure.
“He’ll be one of those players I think when he’s not there, that’s when you’re going to notice him.
“He drives and links the play from the defence to the attack so well.”