10 Possible Fabregas Replacements: Kaka? Gourcuff? Sneijder? Moutinho?

By on July 15, 2011

This is one of the most difficult and challenging articles that I have written so far. Not only because I am a huge fan of our skipper, Cesc Fabregas, but because he’s one of the most talented and best players in his position in the world. This article is going to cause some debate and I know most will not like it, but let’s face it, our beloved Fabregas, will leave sooner or later to his boyhood club, Barcelona. Because of this I decided on making a list on 10 Possible Replacements for Cesc Fabregas. This list is based on their quality, value and the ability to replace one of the best midfielders in the world.  I hope it’s a good read and please share your thoughts and opinions. The list is in random order.

First, let’s start with a quick lowdown on Cesc Fabregas:

Cesc Fabregas

  • Age: 24
  • Nation: Spain
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Club Apps with goals: 303/57
  • International Apps with goals: 58/6

Capabilities

  • Passing: 8.5
  • Vision: 8.5
  • Dribbling: 7.5
  • Creativity: 8.5
  • Decision Making: 7.5
  • Pace: 7.0
  • Movement: 7.5
  • Shooting: 7.0
  • Tackling: 6.0
  • Technique: 8.0

1. Hernanes

Club: Lazio- Age: 26- Nation: Brazil- Height:5’11”

Appearances/Goals with Lazio: 36/11

Capabilites

  • Passing: 8.5
  • Vision: 8.5
  • Shooting: 8.0
  • Pace: 6.0
  • Creativity: 8.0
  • Dribbling: 8.5
  • Tackling: 5.5
  • Technique: 8.0
  • Decision Making: 7.5
  • Movement: 7.5

One of the best signings in all of Europe last season. Hernanes, was one of the stars last season in the Serie A, putting in some top-notch performances, most notably against Inter Milan in a 3-1 win. Hernanes is considered a world-class player, known for his excellent passing, dribbling, vision and explosiveness. The 10 million pounds that Lazio paid to sign him, is now considered a bargain and his value is now at least triple that amount. Hernanes has stated that his intentions in staying with Lazio, but if Lazio get an offer of around 30 million pounds or more, they might be tempted to sell.

According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Hernanes is valued at 16 million pounds. But Lazio will want much more than that, probably around 30 million pounds.

2. Kwadwo Asamoah

Club: Udinese- Nation: Ghana- Age: 22- Height: 5’10”

Appearances/ Goals with Udinese: 85/5

Capabilities

  • Creativity: 8.5
  • Technique: 8.0
  • Passing: 7.5
  • Pace: 6.5
  • Vision: 7.0
  • Shooting: 7.0
  • Decision Making: 7.5
  • Movement: 7.0
  • Tackling: 6.0

A very gifted player, who is considered one of the best young players in the world. Kwadwo Asamoah, has long been linked with a move to the Gunners and has had an excellent season with his club Udinese. Asamoah is a talented midfielder, known for his skill, creativity, work-rate and strong physique.  Asamoah can play in central midfield as well as on the left, he has all the capabilities and talent to succeed with the Gunners and in the Premier League.

According to transfermarkt.co.uk, he’s valued at around 8.5 million pounds. Kwadwo Asamoah, though, is valued by Udinese at around 18 million pounds.

3. Yoann Gourcuff

Nation: France- Club: Olympique Lyonnais-  Age: 24- Height: 6’1”

Appearances/ Goals with Lyon: 27/3

Capabilities

  • Creativity: 8.0
  • Passing: 8.0
  • Shooting: 8.5
  • Pace: 7.5
  • Vision: 7.5
  • Tackling: 5.0
  • Technique: 7.5

A very talented and creative player. Yoann Gourcuff is one of the most talented players, in my opinion, not only in France, but in Europe as well. Yes, he didn’t have the best of seasons last season with his club Lyon and looked short on confidence. When he is confident and in his stride, he is one of the best playmakers you’ll ever see. Gourcuff is known for his creativity, excellent dribbling, passing, set piece ability and technique. He was also labeled as like many talented Frenchmen, as the next Zidane. I know that they’ll never be another Zinedine Zidane, but when I see Gourcuff play, with confidence, he’s the closest I’ve seen to Zidane. The way he dribbles and his style of play is reminiscent of the French legend.

If Gourcuff can regain his confidence and gets settled, then he can be a great signing for the Gunners and would take the Premier League by storm. According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Gourcuff is valued at around 18 million pounds, but Lyon would probably want more than 20 million pounds for his services.

4. Wesley Sneijder

Nation: Holland- Age:27- Club: Inter Milan- Height: 5’7”

Appearances/Goals with Inter Milan: 80/15

Capabilities

  • Creativity: 8.5
  • Passing: 8.5
  • Vision: 8.5
  • Shooting: 8.0
  • Technique: 8.0
  • Tackling: 5.0
  • Pace: 7.5

One of the world’s best players, Wesley Sneijder, has had a rough time last season due to injury problems and Rafa Benitez’s questionable tactics. When he’s at his best, though, there is no questioning his talent and ability. He’s a terrific passer, excellent with both feet, great set piece taker, all in all, one of the best midfielders in the world today. Sneijder has so far refused to commit his future to Inter Milan and is said to be a top target for Manchester United. Would it be nice for not only the Gunners to acquire a quality player, but to also acquire him ahead of a fierce rival.

He is reportedly valued at around 35-40 million pounds, his high wages could also be a concern, but if Wenger wants a top-quality replacement, then he needs to pay up.

5. Lucho Gonzalez

Nation: Argentina- Age: 30- Club: Olympique Marseille- Height: 6’1”

Appearances/Goals with Marseille: 94/18

Capabilities

  • Creativity- 7.5
  • Technique: 7.0
  • Passing: 8.5
  • Pace: 6.5
  • Vision: 7.5
  • Shooting: 7.0
  • Decision Making: 8.0
  • Movement: 7.0
  • Tackling: 7.0

A player that has been linked with the Gunners on numerous occasions. Lucho Gonzalez, is an Argentinian central midfielder plying his trade for Olympique Marseille, who’s likely to leave this summer. Lucho is known for his excellent passing, leadership and high work-rate and was also the player with the most assists last season in Ligue 1, with 12. People may think that his age could be a problem, but I honestly think it could be a plus. Not only will the Gunners have a quality player, but with his experience, he could act as a guide and aid the progress of young, rising Gooners like Ramsey and Wilshere.

He is reportedly valued by his club, at around 13 million euros.

6. Joao Moutinho

Nation: Portugal- Club: FC Porto- Height: 5’7”

Appearances/Goals with Porto: 51/2

Capabilities

  • Creativity: 8.0
  • Technique: 7.5
  • Passing: 8.0
  • Pace: 7.5
  • Vision: 7.5
  • Shooting: 7.0
  • Decision Making: 7.5
  • Movememt: 7.5
  • Tackling: 6.0

Joao Moutinho has been linked with the Gunners, ever since he was at Sporting Lisbon. Moutinho, had a superb season with Porto and was one of the stars of their excellent campaign, alongside Falcao and Hulk. He’s a talented and skillful player, who has an excellent passing range, a good dribbler and creative. His future at Porto has been thrown into doubt after Andre Villas-Boas’s departure, and could be a shrewd and quality acquisition for the Gunners.

He reportedly has a release clause of around 35 million pounds.

7. Paulo Henrique Ganso

Age: 21- Club: Santos- Nation: Brazil- Height: 6’1/2”

Appearances/Goals with Santos: 94/23

Capabilities

  • Creativity: 8.0
  • Technique: 8.0
  • Passing: 8.5
  • Pace: 6.5
  • Vision: 7.5
  • Shooting: 7.0
  • Decision Making: 7.5
  • Movement: 7.5
  • Tackling: 6.0

A player that is destined and likely to leave Brazil and play with a top club in Europe. The highly-rated, Paulo Henrique Ganso, is one of the best talents to come out of Brazil in the past few years. He is so highly regarded, that he’s labeled by Brazilian correspondents as “world-class” and he’s only 21. He’s very skillful, excellent passer and dribbler, with his style very similar to Kaka. He has had his injury problems which is probably the main reason for his poor Copa America so far, but is still a brilliant talent. There is huge interest in him from Italy, in particular the Milan rivals, Inter and AC Milan, but nothing has been made official yet and he’s still a Santos player. He has a very bright  future ahead of him.

Reportedly valued at around 25-30 million pounds.

8. Kaka

Nation: Brazil- Age: 28- Height: 6’1”- Club: Real Madrid

Appearances/Goals with Real Madrid: 52/16

Capabilities

  • Creativity: 8.0
  • Technique: 8.5
  • Vision: 9.0
  • Passing: 8.5
  • Shooting: 7.5
  • Pace: 6.5
  • Tackling: 5.5
  • Leadership: 7.5
  • Movement: 7.5
  • Decision Making: 8.0

Brazilian star and AC Milan legend, Kaka, has had a rough year with his club Real Madrid and after the signing of Nuri Sahin… his future at Real Madrid is in doubt. Kaka has had physical and injury problems for the past few years, but when at he’s at his best, he’s one of the best players in the world, in the top 5 best at the least. Kaka is known for his excellent dribbling, passing, vision, creativity and also has an excellent eye for goal. He’s also a known admirer of the Gunners, especially in their style of play. All in all, one of the best playmakers in world football. Due to his injuries and lack of playing time, his transfer fee has decreased significantly, almost by half the price he cost when he transferred to Real Madrid.

He’s reportedly valued at around 30 million pounds and just like Sneijder, his wages are a concern, the Gunners need to pay up if they want to acquire him.

From within the club:

9. Aaron Ramsey

Nation: Wales- Age: 20- Height: 5’10”

Appearances/Goals with Arsenal: 59/6

Capabilities

  • Passing: 7.5
  • Vision: 7.0
  • Dribbling: 6.5
  • Creativity: 7.0
  • Movement: 7.0
  • Pace: 7.0
  • Decision Making: 6.5
  • Shooting: 6.5
  • Tackling: 6.5
  • Technique: 7.0

A highly rated young player with a bright future ahead of him. Aaron Ramsey, is the natural successor to Cesc Fabregas  and has all the talent and ability to become a great player for the Gunners. Aaron Ramsey signed for the Gunners on June 13, 2008 from Cardiff City, in which the Gunners beat stiff competition from Manchester United for his signature. Ramsey has put in some excellent performances for the Gunners, most recently against Manchester United, in which he scored the only and put on a very good performance alongside another future star in Jack Wilshere. His horrific leg break has stifled his progress somewhat, but he has bounced back well and has a very bright future ahead of him.

10. Samir Nasri

Nation: France- Age: 24- Height: 5’10”

Appearances/Goals with Arsenal: 124/27

Capabilities

  • Creativity: 7.5
  • Passing: 8.0
  • Dribbling: 8.0
  • Technique: 8.0
  • Tackling: 5.5
  • Pace: 6.5
  • Shooting: 7.0
  • Vision: 7.5
  • Decision Making: 7.0

The likeliest option if Fabregas leaves and he stays. Samir Nasri, has had an excellent season, where he was second in the race for the best player in the Premier League. Nasri is a player who can beat players, creative, an excellent passer,  has good vision and great technique. There are reports suggesting that Nasri wants to play a more central role next season and if Fabregas leaves, will be a huge candidate for that role. He has the ability and skill to do very well, as the playmaker of the team.

I know many will disagree or won’t like this article, but our captain ,Cesc Fabregas, will leave sooner or later  and his departure will not mean that it will be all doom and gloom for the Gunners. Fabregas gave his all in his 8 years with the Gunners so far and if he leaves, will leave with my respect. Fabregas is a top-quality player, no doubt about it, but is he irreplaceable…. definitely not.

Cheers and take care,

Omar – www.o-posts.net

 

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18 Comments

  1. Dave the Yid

    July 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Joao Moutinho would be a perfect replacement for Fabregas… dirty tackling diving cheat

    • Omar

      July 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      I think you should me more concerned with Modric leaving, then commenting and insulting a player on a Gunner article.

      Omar

  2. Question

    July 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    If Cesc gets a 8.5 in passing. Who then gets a 10?

  3. Saga Sphinx

    July 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    How is nasri’s shooting so low? He had the best shots on target ratio in the epl, and was close with his chances converted! How is Kaka’s vision higher than fabregas or sneijder? Where did you get these ratings? Did you make them up or is there a credible link I can check out?

    • Omar

      July 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Hello Saga,

      These ratings are based on my opinion and of course they’re much up for debate. I’ve always rated Kaka’s vision as one of the best I’ve seen and he’s when fit, the best option and player on this list. But probably you’re right and should made his vision equal to Fabregas and Sneijder’s.

      Shooting also includes the finishing aspect, Nasri is alright but not great, which is the reason I gave him a 7.0.

      Cheers and take care,

      Omar

  4. mystic

    July 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I would willingly swop Fabregas for Wesley, not that I don’t rate Cesc, merely that I believe only Messi to be a better midfielder than Sneijder.

    Nasri? Arsenal will not succeed with him, a brilliant 1/2 season player who like many of the others bottled it in the run-in. Samir is good, but over-rated.

  5. Dan

    July 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Yeh – I reckon Cescs vision and passing is some of the best I have ever seen. By this rating system only Bergkamp can possibly have ever been a 10 in vision and passing.

  6. james

    July 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    whats the point of this stupid rating system? how is this going to help anyone make a decision about which player is best. most of these ratings arent even correct

    • Omar

      July 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      James,

      Alright I’ll give you my opinion.

      Best option if he stays fit: Kaka

      Preferred option, based on current form: Hernanes

      Cheers and take care,

      Omar

  7. davetherave

    July 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Great blogg.

    It would be nice for the creative player to have some height and physical presence in midfield, otherwise although skillfull Arsenal look like the diddy men in the center of midfield.
    We have been lacking the physical presence of the great combination of viera and petit.

    • Omar

      July 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks mate for the compliments, much appreciated and it would be nice to have some steel in midfield.

      Cheers and take care,

      Omar

  8. john

    July 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    What a load of rubbish if cesc goes it will probably drag on to the last day of transfer window and the money would not be reinvested but players in house would try and fill his boots

  9. davetherave

    July 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Arsenal need to alter the “diddy men” image in midfield by adding some height. with physique.
    Like when we had Viera and Petit combination.
    Otherwise we will always get taken at set peices and long balls no matter how good the defence is because you need to defend as a team to stop players barging their way in to the box at set pieces by bullying tactics, which is the key tactics against Arsenal.
    Am I the only one that recognises this?

    We need crative players with height. Sell Fabrigas as he wants to leave, and keep Money grabbing Nasri as he has more scope to improve and it’s just a question of paying him more money. He is clearly the best player in the international team, so in a way I don;t blame him fro wanting more money as he is worth it and will get better. I think Fabrigas is on the decline with injuries and form so sell him now at his peak. Either £35mil or player swap to make up the difference.
    Buy Cahill as well because we need a leader at the back.
    Also I have noticed how lazy are attackers are at closing down defenders. I would love a player with the energy of Teves up front.
    Defend from the front, then midfield, then defence and we will win the league.
    Up the Gunners.

  10. Kev

    July 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Arsenal will never sign players like kaka or sneijder. Dreamer

    • Omar

      July 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      Who knows, mate? Wenger is one of the most unpredictable managers in the world. He could either promote or pay up to sign a top quality player.

      Cheers and take care,

      Omar

  11. eve

    July 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    some of the players you’ve mentioned are top players,especially aaron and samir, but now, at this particular time, there is not a player on this planet who can replace cesc, not as a leader, not as a play maker, no one reads the game like he does, he is miles above all those you’ve mentioned, and at this moment we should’nt be talking about replacing him till its proved hes leaving us.

    • Omar

      July 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      So he’s miles away from Wesley Sneijder and Kaka, who are two of the best players in the world. Fabregas is a great player, but he’s not miles away from anyone in this list. He is better than some, but not THAT better.

      Fabregas is a top player, but he’s not irreplaceable. All these players, in my opinion, have the ability and capabilities to do an excellent job with the Gunners and as the playmaker of the team.

      Cheers and take care,

      Omar

  12. tim

    July 16, 2011 at 12:51 am

    just saying sneijder is not an option as he would never join arsenal, we have RVP the best striker in the world when fit without a shadow of a doubt. Him a sneijder absolutely hate each other, and I will alway pick RVP over anyone else, fabs is a legend and we have all comes to terms that we will not have him at the peak of his game, but RVP is a true gunner. RVP is our king

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