Rabat - According to the latest statistics by sports data company Opta, Chelsea’s midfielder Cesc Fàbregas is to blame for the ‘Blues’ poor results at this season’s Premier League.
Rabat – According to the latest statistics by sports data company Opta, Chelsea’s midfielder Cesc Fàbregas is to blame for the ‘Blues’ poor results at this season’s Premier League.
Opta’s statistics reportedly show that the Spanish international is one of the “key reasons” to the British club’s weak performances.
Fàbregas who plays as an attacking midfielder is a crucial part of the team, yet this season he has shown no impact, according to Opta sports.
The former Barcelona player returned to the Premier League and signed with Chelsea in the summer of 2014. Last season he demonstrated his skills in a fantastic season. However, this year Opta shows he “lacks direction, purpose and ability”.
The stats revealed the 28-year-old has declined in goal-scoring chances created. Last season he averaged 2.7 chances per game compared to this season where he stands at a mere 1.8 per game.
In addition, Fàbregas’ assists have also diminished, according to the same source. He has gone from seven Premier League assists for the ‘Blues’ by October 5, 2014 to six total assists in 2015 – with only one assist this season.
The Spanish player’s ability to tackle has been reduced as well. His defensive skill has gone from 2.1 tackles per game last season to 1.6 this season.
According to the same data, during Chelsea’s match against Southampton early in 2015, Fàbregas was key on the pitch, making passes to Eden Hazard on 22 occasions. Conversely, in the ‘Blues’ defeat against Southampton last week his passes to the Belgian slumped to only 13.