Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink says he is keen to make full use of Cesc Fabregas’ passing ability.
The midfielder, a key player in last season’s title triumph, has been less impressive this term but his form has improved since Hiddink’s return to Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas has been deployed in the number 10 role during his time with the Blues as well as in a deeper position, and Hiddink is determined to get the best out of him.
The Dutchman said: “I’m happy with the performances of Cesc. He’s fit but he’s also very fresh.
“He can play in different midfield positions. He can play advanced, he can drop back. But I like him in a position where he can play a quality final pass.
“This team needs leaders in the spine of the team. He is one of those key players.”
Hiddink’s side face Everton at the Bridge this afternoon. Eden Hazard is still unavailable but could return for next weekend’s derby at Arsenal.