Cesc Fabregas marked a rare start for Chelsea at the weekend with a goal and an assist.
The performance of the World Cup winner in the 3-1 win over Swansea was a real statement to Blues boss Antonio Conte about his team selections.
Fabregas has been named in the starting line-up in the Premier League just six times under the Italian, leading to speculation over the Spaniard’s future. It’s also seemed harsh on Fabregas, considering he’s registered more assists in the league than any other Chelsea player this season and pitched in with three goals. Nemanja Matic, the player keeping him out of the starting XI, has played 1,331 more minutes this season but provided one less assist and is yet to score.
However, Conte may have good reason for not picking Fabregas more regularly.
Statistics provided by Oulala.com show that Chelsea perform much better when he’s not involved. Since his arrival at the club in 2014 the club’s win rate without Fabregas is 86% – compared to 52% with him. The 14 games in which he’s not featured have seen Chelsea pick up an average of 2.7 points – a stat that drops to 1.8 when he is involved.
The only positive from the figures are that Chelsea score more goals with him in the side – 1.8 compared to 1.7. But on the flip side they concede a whole goal more per game with him in the team – 1.4 per game to 0.4 without.
Perhaps Conte is right to exclude him after all.
Stats and graphic provided by daily fantasy football game Oulala.com.