At the request of Diego, here’s the Fabregas poll, with a few words from me about the situation:
–No, this isn’t an invitation to trolls. It is an attempt to respond to a reader request, and get a public feeling on the notion.
–I’m against the purchase in every way, shape and form. Might he develop into a Xavi-like player? Maybe. Xavi wasn’t Xavi when he was young, right? There is no question that Fabregas is a world-class player. But the more pertinent question is whether a team stuffed with world-class and potentially world-class players, all at his position, should spend at least 50m (no way will Arsenal sell for a penny less) for what is, right now, a vanity purchase.
–If he is purchased now, even for those who would like to purchase him, where/when does he play? When we promote Thiago to the first team, that’s yet another quality midfielder who will need time (Copa matches, etc.) to develop. Add Fabregas to that rotation, and what happens then?
–At the end of his contract, if and when Arsenal are willing to sell and he wants to buy, by then we will know how much more Xavi we have, whether Iniesta or Busquets will be the next Xavi, and how good Thiago is going to be. We will also see how Fabregas develops, but playing time will help that development, not sitting on our bench as a vanity purchase.
I’m done. What about y’all?