Chelsea’s midfield dynamo isn’t only in the form of his life and enjoying his football more than ever, he’s now breaking records on a game-by-game basis.
The contrast in Chelsea’s attacking play from this season to last could not be more marked. A team that often looked like they had a competition winner playing up front last term has become the most devastating in the country. The man responsible for reinvigorating Chelsea this season is certainly Cesc Fabregas.
Against West Brom, Fabregas recorded the most touches (174), the most final third passes (72) and the most successful passes in the final third (64) by any player in any Premier League game this season. In total, Fabregas managed 174 touches, second only to Yaya Toure, who mustered 175 against Stoke in 2011.
But, when you compare these stats with the best passing performances in Premier League history, it gives you a proper reflection of how well the Spaniard is playing. Paul Scholes, widely regarded as the best creative midfielder in Premier League history, had a record of 58 (previously the highest in history), which was smashed by Fabregas at the weekend.
When you consider Fabregas has only been playing for Chelsea for three months, it is scary to think what he could achieve.
Some would say Fabregas needs to win the title with Chelsea before he can really be spoken in the same breathe as guys like Scholes, but this is beginning to look like a mere formality.
Right now, the stats suggest that in terms of creative influence on a top side, he’s already at the top of the mountain.