There can be no denying the effervescent form in which Cesc Fabregas has started for Chelsea, who are 3/10 favourites to down Schalke in their first Champions League game of 2014/15.
Six assists from a total of 16 goalscoring opportunities created in four games have made him the Premier League’s most prolific provider so far, with the Spaniard adding a whole new level of guile to a Blues midfield that underpinned a concerted title challenge last term.
However, before supporters of the Stamford Bridge club begin to run up lengthy credit card debts off the back of already-counted outright-betting winnings, it’s worth considering the following…
Fabregas, the man whose stellar early-season nick has been every bit as important as Diego Costa’s goals to Chelsea’s borderline-false start to 2014/15 has an established habit of going off the boil.
Like a gold-digging lover, a child’s helium balloon or a pint of lager slowly sipped, recent seasons have seen the pleasures provided by the former Arsenal man dwindle as time passes.
His final season at Barcelona saw him put up a commendable eight goals and 13 La Liga assists in 36 appearances*.
Much like the 27-year-old’s first campaign at Stamford Bridge he started brilliantly, setting up four teammates to score inside his first three league games.
However, as the season progressed his effectiveness became blunted and the La Masia graduate provided a solitary set up and no goals for the cause after the 15th of February 2014.
One season doth not a trend make you say bwinners? Correct, but this is no betting blog for reactionaries, you of all people should know that…
The same characteristics of output were evident in the World Cup winner’s 2012/13 campaign, which started with seven assists in the first nine games, while he laid on all bar two of his 11 for the season by the first of December 2012.
Skip back another year and again a dwindling output is evident, with no goals during the last 20 games of La Liga competition and no assists inside the final ten fixtures.
Prove us wrong by all means Cesc, but there is ample cause for suspicion it must be said.
*Stats via Squawka.com