Antonio Conte believes Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas can be the creative fulcrum Chelsea this season and could play alongside N’Golo Kante in midfield or further up the pitch behind Morata.
With a lighter workload last season, Fabregas was in and out of the starting line-up in Chelsea’s run to the Premier League title.
With Eden Hazard still recouping from a broken ankle, this year could at first see an adjustment in Chelsea setup and be an attacking target and support a lone striker just like Eden Hazard
“He is a really good player who can play in this position in midfield, but he could also play number 10,” Conte said.
“He is a great example to others with his commitment and his behavior every day during training sessions. He must continue this way because he is working well for us.
“I think Cesc has improved a lot from when I arrived at Chelsea, from his start and up to now, he has improved a lot.”
“Last season, because of the schedule with no Champions League and because we went out early in the League Cup, we were all fit for most of the season,” Fabregas said.
“We had basically every midweek off and the manager did not have to make a lot of changes.
“The manager said himself it is a long season ahead with lots of games and we will need all the players to be ready for whenever he needs us. I am sure we will have more opportunities ahead of us.”