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Cesc Fabregas: Barcelona product led way for Man City stars of today - Jenas

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That’s the view of Jermaine Jenas, who rates Fabregas as one of the most difficult players he’s every played against.

The Spaniard left English football for the final time on Wednesday, going French outfit Monaco on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The midfielder made over 500 appearances in English football, and registered the second most assists of all time in the Premier League.

And Jenas, who played against Fabregas numerous times, has highlighted just how good the 31-year-old was, and compared him to some of today’s greats.

“We are more used to seeing that sort of midfielder in England now, with the likes of David Silva and Bernardo Silva at Manchester City, but when he arrived from Barca's academy, Cesc was the first of his kind,” he wrote in his column for the BBC.

“What the Silvas are doing now - covering a lot of ground and making things happen - Fabregas was doing 15 years ago in a 4-4-2 formation for Arsenal and he made it work.”

Fabregas also created 845 chances during his time in England, the most of anyone since 2003 when he made his debut.

Jenas also noted how the former Barcelona man matched up well with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes.

“When I think back to what it was like to play against some of the other outstanding midfielders of that era, then Steven Gerrard would just run all over you, and could tackle and shoot from distance,” he added.

“Frank Lampard would always get goals whatever you did to try to stop him, and Paul Scholes was the pass-master.

“Like Gerrard, Lampard and Scholes, Cesc will go down as a Premier League legend.

“It was just as horrible to play against him as it was to go up against any of those three, but he offered a different kind of threat.

“By that, I mean he would go into areas that others wouldn't.

“He was happy to receive the ball anywhere and, although he did not look like he was very strong, he was so nippy and sharp you could not get near him.”

Fabregas will link up with former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry at Monaco as the pair look to turn the Ligue 1 team’s season around.

Marseille are Monaco’s next opponents on Sunday but Fabregas could make his debut when his new team host Nice next Wednesday evening.




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