Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed which player he has been impressed with at this summers World Cup in Russia, and it isn’t one of the big names that most of us would expect it to be.
Fabregas, who has 110 caps for Spain, was left out of La Rojas squad, but he is in Russia working as a pundit for the BBC.
Despite the likes of Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo firing their teams to victory, Fabregas reckons one of his former Arsenal team-mates deserves massive credit for his performance, Mexico’s Carlos Vela:
“In terms of the individual players who have impressed me the most, Vela deserves a mention for what he did against Kroos.
“Vela left Real Sociedad to join Los Angeles FC at the start of the year and people seem to think that when you go to the MLS, or that type of league, your level drops.” Fabregas wrote in his BBC column.
“That was not the case when he played against Germany, because Kroos could not shake him off. He tried but he could not influence the game.
“Germany still had possession, but it was possession without ideas and creativity.
“Of every team I have watched so far in Russia, Germany are the ones from whom I expected more and they gave me less. Mexico were completely the opposite.”
Vela was superb during Mexico’s surprise 1-0 victory over Germany last Sunday, when he stifled the reigning Champions by doing a man marking job on midfield metronome Toni Kroos and also contributed brilliantly in attack.