Who Was The Most Creative Midfielder In The Premier League Last Season?

Using EA SPORTS data, we have taken a look at one man who has been in and out of the side in recent times, but who has proven that when on the pitch, will make a huge impact to the side; Cesc Fabregas.

Below we highlight a variety of areas within Fabregas’ passing game that show him to be head and shoulders above the rest of the Premier League, in particular his assists, passes completed and his pass accuracy.

Player Mins played Assists Mins per assist
Gylfi Sigurdsson 2428 11 221
Christian Eriksen 2272 10 227
Kevin De Bruyne 2002 9 222
Alexis Sánchez 2191 9 243
Matt Phillips 1996 8 250
Cesc Fàbregas 729 7 104
Pedro 1426 7 204
Adam Lallana 1982 7 283
Ross Barkley 2097 7 300
Nemanja Matic 1995 6 333

The above shows that Fabregas has the sixth most assists in the Premier League, despite playing far less minutes than those around him. Fabregas also boasts an 81.1% pass completion rate, only bettered by Adam Lallana from the top 10 assist-makers.

This is extremely impressive when taking into account that the percentage of his long passes is considerably higher than the one of others around him in the charts. The suggest that Fabregas will once again be the highest assist maker next season.

This has resulted in Fabregas having the best ‘minutes per assist’ record in the Premier League of anyone who has played over 180 minutes of football, at nearly an hour better than anyone else in the Premier League, as shown below:

Player Mins played Assists Mins per assist
CescFàbregas 729 7 104
Kelechi Iheanacho 484 3 161
Ezekiel Fryers 182 1 182
Hal Robson-Kanu 374 2 187
Wayne Rooney 995 5 199
Gabriel Jesus 203 1 203
Pedro 1426 7 204
Viktor Fischer 408 2 204
Nathan Dyer 211 1 211
Shaun Maloney 215 1 215

*Must have played 180+ mins

Fabregas has also completes more passes on average than any other Premier League player. Whilst Jordan Henderson has completed the most passes in the League, Fabregas completes more passes per 90mins, completing an average of 75.56 passes per 90mins.

Player Team Age Mins Played Assists Passes Completed Passes Completed per 90mins
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 29 729 7 612 75.56
Jordan Henderson Liverpool 26 2118 4 1767 75.08
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal 32 619 2 511 74.29
Mohamed Elneny Arsenal 24 554 1 451 73.27
Ander Herrera Manchester United 27 1817 3 1447 71.67
Granit Xhaka Arsenal 24 1473 1 1146 70.02
Yaya Touré Manchester City 33 1259 0 947 67.69
Michael Carrick Manchester United 35 892 0 661 66.69
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 26 552 1 393 64.07
Paul Pogba Manchester United 23 2249 3 1600 64.03

*Must have played 180+ mins

To prove that these aren’t just sideways passes in front of the defence, he also completes the second most passes on average in the opposition half in the League, with only Cazorla completing more than the 48.77 passes that Fabregas completes on average per 90mins.

Player Team Mins Played Assists Passes Complete (Opp Half) Passes per 90mins (Opp Half)
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal 619 2 382 55.54
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 729 7 395 48.77
Mesut Özil Arsenal 1866 4 954 46.01
Mohamed Elneny Arsenal 554 1 282 45.81
Granit Xhaka Arsenal 1473 1 732 44.73
David Silva Manchester City 2033 5 1000 44.27
Ander Herrera Manchester United 1817 3 871 43.14
Paul Pogba Manchester United 2249 3 1074 42.98
Jordan Henderson Liverpool 2118 4 987 41.94
Ilkay Gündogan Manchester City 709 1 313 39.73

*Must have played 180+ mins

Further compounding Fabregas’ importance to Chelsea, the Spaniard has a better chances created record than any other player in the Premier League, when taking minutes played into account:

Player Mins played Chances created Mins per chance created
Cesc Fàbregas 729 30 24
Kevin De Bruyne 2002 72 28
Christian Eriksen 2272 78 29
Evandro 268 9 30
Mesut Özil 1866 61 31
Willian 1156 36 32
Ross Barkley 2097 64 33
Kieran Gibbs 295 9 33
Erik Lamela 592 18 33
Dusan Tadic 1502 45 33

Lastly, Fabregas also has the fifth best minutes per goal involvement record (goal or assist) in the division, contributing to a goal every 73 minutes of football he has played on average:*Must have played 180+ mins

Player Mins played Goals Assists Mins per goal/assist
Gabriel Jesus 203 3 1 51
Manolo Gabbiadini 248 4 0 62
Olivier Giroud 730 8 3 66
Kelechi Iheanacho 484 4 3 69
Cesc Fàbregas 729 3 7 73
Harry Kane 1894 19 4 82
Alexis Sánchez 2191 17 9 84
Romelu Lukaku 2367 19 5 99
Diego Costa 2217 17 5 101

Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.
*Must have played 180+ mins

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