Name: Cesc Fabregas
Still unbeaten under interim boss Guus Hiddink in the Premier League; it is fair to say the appointment of Antonio Conte as Chelsea’s new manager this summer divided opinion among the majority of Blues supporters this week, with even Cesc Fabregas perhaps wishing the Dutchman would stay on past this season.
The 28-year-old Spain international has revived his form under the 69-year-old since his arrival at Stamford Bridge back in December, boosting his league campaign statistics to four goals and four assists in 30 appearances this term after a miserable start under former boss Jose Mourinho.
Fabregas, who joined the Blues from FC Barcelona back in June 2014 for a reported £27m, doubled his goalscoring tally in just 90 minutes last month after he single-handedly earned his teammates a last-gasp 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United.
The defending Premier League champions went behind after Manuel Lanzini’s 17th minute opener, but central midfielder Fabregas equalised with a very stylish free-kick on the stroke of half-time.
Then after Andy Carroll fired the Hammers in front again after the interval, the Spanish star spared Chelsea’s blushes by tucking away an 89th minute spot kick to earn the hosts a share of the spoils.
Fabregas also capped off a fine performance in their earlier 2-1 victory at Carrow Road, with the ex-Arsenal ace playing the full 90 minutes against Norwich City.