STATS: Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas hurting opponents in a number of ways

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas has drawn widespread praise for his passing ability this season, but he is also peppering Premier League opponents with crosses.

Cesc Fabregas leads the passing charts at Chelsea. No surprise there.

The Spaniard was brought to Stamford Bridge to add a creative spark in the middle of the park, with Jose Mourinho prepared to offer him the playmaking freedom denied him at previous employers Barcelona.

He has revelled in that role and has been a standout performer for the Blues in their surge to the top of the Premier League standings.

It is, however, intriguing to discover that he is also Chelsea’s leading provider of crosses this season.

  Total CrossAccurate CrossTotal PassAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Cesc Fàbregas 93 30 1,303 1,151 15 1,327
Willian 36 9 477 407 15 902
Branislav Ivanovic 34 3 657 531 16 1,439
Eden Hazard 27 6 845 754 16 1,398
André Schürrle 25 4 189 150 11 362
Oscar 20 3 770 653 14 1,127
César Azpilicueta 18 2 583 502 13 1,097
Filipe Luis 11 2 220 188 7 349
Diego Costa 10 2 335 266 13 1,096
Nemanja Matic 10 1 1,015 897 15 1,350
Loïc Remy 10 1 90 73 8 344

Admittedly a large portion of those deliveries have come from a dead-ball, with Fabregas the go-to man for corners.

A third of his efforts have come away from the corner flag, though, with only Willian and Branislav Ivanovic – two men at home on the flanks – able to better his numbers.

  Total Cross NocornerAccurate Cross NocornerAppearancesMins Played
Cesc Fàbregas 30 8 15 1,327
  Freekick CrossAccurate Freekick CrossAppearancesMins Played
Cesc Fàbregas 17 4 15 1,327

It is worth noting from the numbers above that Fabregas picks out a teammate with almost a third of his crosses.

That is an impressive return, given that he sends over approximately six a game.

Another conclusion to be drawn from these stats is how well Mourinho has done in piecing together a squad which can hurt opponents in any number of ways, with it not always the most obvious route that Chelsea will take when attempting to pick defensive locks.

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