By Matt Farr
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas started among the substitutes for yet another Premier League game for Chelsea – and fans on Twitter were furious.
The 29-year-old has been in impressive form for the league leaders of late, but his displays appear to have done little to convince manager Antonio Conte to hand him a starting role.
Conte named an unchanged side for their upcoming clash with Burnley on Sunday afternoon, with Fabregas retaining his role as a substitute for the sixth successive league game.
After Chelsea confirmed their starting line-up on their official Twitter account prior to kick-off, fans took to their own social media accounts to slam Fabregas’ omission.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Favour Ogene (@Favour4blues) February 12, 2017
I hate to see matic starting ahead of fabregas #CFC
— Adedayo (@Okladee) February 12, 2017
— Ikenna David (@Chuks_Dave) February 12, 2017
Fabregas should have started today. Too good to be on the bench ???? #CFC
— ☆JM☆ (@JMurph9113) February 12, 2017
Can Matic just get injured or something. Fabregas needs to play tbh
— Victor (@ViCktorr_) February 12, 2017
Would have preferred Fabregas starting to be honest. Burnley will sit deep. Need a defense unlocker in Cesc. #CFC
— ????rayнan???? (@TheLoyalBlooRay) February 12, 2017
Same old. Same old.
Fabregas should've started 2day. We're not facing Liverpool/Arsenal 2day. Seriously don't know what more he needs 2 do.. https://t.co/ISkniHKaNr
— Kushagra CFC (@kushagramahajan) February 12, 2017
Fabregas has made 19 appearances for the club in all competitions this season, contributing four goals and seven assists, but has largely been restricted to cameo appearances.
The Spaniard has started just five of his 15 Premier League games this term, with Conte instead preferring a central-midfield combination of Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante, which prioritises defensive security over attacking creativity.
Fabregas gave another magnificent cameo display off the bench in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal last time out, and fans were left astounded that he was not named in the starting XI to face Burnley.
They might get to see him in the second half though – after 45 minutes of a pulsating game, Chelsea were drawing 1-1 after taking the lead with an early Pedro goal.
In other Chelsea news, the Blues have reportedly lost out in the race to sign this wonderkid.