Chelsea's incredible start to the Premier League campaign has been synonymous with Cesc Fabregas's impressive return to the English football.
The Spaniard has made an instant impact since his high-profile move from Barcelona to Stamford Bridge, cutting a domineering figure at the heart of Jose Mourinho's midfield.
Combining an incredible work-rate with his fantastic technical ability, he has returned twice the player he once was at Arsenal - an impressive achievement considering just how influential he was as captain of the Emirates outfit.
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Fabregas already has ten assists to his name this term - fashioning 44 key passes - and having reached this total in just 12 appearances, he has become the fastest player to reach double figure assists in a single season, in Premier League history. He is now joint-6th in the all-time top flight assists rankings, alongside David Beckham (80).
Furthermore, the 26-year-old is also responsible for completing the greatest number passes this season - outfoxing the likes of Manchester City's Yaya Toure and Chelsea teammate Nemanja Matic. Fabregas has found success in an outstanding 1,022 passes this term - 78.62 per game, with a 89% success rate.
Nonetheless, the following statistic is likely to impress the most:
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Of all the talented players in the Premier League, Fabregas has ran the furthest across the opening 13 league fixtures. Not only is he one of the most technically gifted players in the English top flight, but he is also the hardest working.
It takes more than a polished skill-set alone to succeed in the English game and the Spaniard is living proof of this. His performances may seem effortless, but, clearly, appearances can be very deceiving.